There can many fair weather days in the winter, but they are not predictable. We have ridden Christmas and New Years, but we considered that lucky. We have seen snow on the Cherohala as early as Halloween. The Blizzard of 1993 dropped 4 feet of snow on the higher elevations in one day on March 13. We have seen snow on the Cherohala and Blue Ridge Parkway as late as May.
WARNING The Cherohala can be extremely dangerous when ice and deep snow is present. North Carolina plows and treats the road after heavy snows, but we have seen severe road icing even after that. REMEMBER If the road is getting bad it will only get worse as you head toward the higher elevations. This is no place to get stuck overnight in the winter. The Tennessee side does not get plowed like the North Carolina side.
Many summer afternoons bring widely scattered rain showers. Often the weather stations and web weather will indicate rain for the entire area. BE AWARE that you can still have nearly a full day of riding before the summer showers hit in mid-afternoon. And these showers are spotty …. not everywhere. Go 5 miles and you might be in the clear. They often dissipate in the late afternoon leaving several hours of good riding before dark.
Looking for weather forecast for this regions?
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The National Park Service can close sections of the Parkway during inclement weather. For all the details on the Foothills Parkway and roadways thru the Great Smoky Mountains check out the NPS website and twitter.