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Newfound Gap Road now open in the Smokies

Newfound Gap Road now open in the Smokies

Visitors can now enjoy the winter wonderland in Newfound Gap.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers reopened Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Rd.) shortly after 1 pm on Wednesday.  It has been closed since more than two feet of snow fell in the higher elevations of the Smokies this week.

The view from the top is always incredible, but now, it's even more so with all that snow.  Visitors were waiting at the gate to drive up to see the snow. 

Pictures, stories come from LeConte Lodge, which is snowed in

Snow has all but cut off access to the highest guest lodge in the eastern U.S.

Built in the 1920s, LeConte Lodge sits more than 6,000 feet up and typically requires about a five hour hike, but the trails that lead to the lodge are blanketed in snow, with drifts close to four and five feet high.

We spoke to a manager on the mountain, who also took some gorgeous pictures, and she says this is as much snow as they've seen in a decade.

Biggest October snowfall on record in Newfound Gap, and still snowing

Biggest October snowfall on record in Newfound Gap, and still snowing

Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park believe this is the biggest snowfall on record for the month of October.

So far, 14-16 inches of snow has fallen at Newfound Gap, which is right at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.  There are snow drifts about four feet deep, and winds around 35 mph.

Newfound Gap usually receives about 4 inches of snow this time of year, so this is very out of the ordinary.

No park visitors can enjoy the scenery at Newfound Gap right now, however, because the road to area is closed.

Thin line between Sandy rain and snow keeps road crews busy

Thin line between Sandy rain and snow keeps road crews busy

The potential for piles of snow in the higher elevations of East Tennessee from Superstorm Sandy kept road crews busy Tuesday.  That includes Cocke County where the highway department maintains 700 miles of roads, many of which are in mountainous areas.

Nearly a dozen flights cancelled at McGhee Tyson Airport

Nearly a dozen flights cancelled at McGhee Tyson Airport

Superstorm Sandy is causing flight delays and cancellations throughout the country.

So far, more than 15,000 flights have been cancelled and in Knoxville, we are seeing the effects.

Robin Vanleigh is sort of lucky, "I'm going from here to Chicago to Phoenix."

She's not headed to the Northeast, but she's still worried about her flight plan.

"So far, everything is on time, but since I am flying into Chicago and Sandy is making her way closer and closer, I am getting a little concerned that I might get stuck there," explained Robin.

Superstorm Sandy turns Mt. LeConte into a winter wonderland

Superstorm Sandy turns Mt. LeConte into a winter wonderland

It's safe to say that one of the most beautiful places on earth right now is the top of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Located at an elevation of 6400 feet, well over a foot of snow has already fallen on the mountain top, and it's still coming down.

Allyson Virden, one of the caretakers of the LeConte Lodge, maintains a blog where she is posting pictures and updates.

Superstorm Sandy delays flights in East Tennessee

Superstorm Sandy delays flights in East Tennessee

Thousands of flights are canceled throughout the country. At McGhee
Tyson airport, as of 8:00 am Tuesday 6 flights had been canceled with
more expected throughout the day and Wednesday.

The cities affected are New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

If your travel plans include Atlanta and Charlotte, those destinations are showing on time departures, however, you might have s canceled flight from there.

The airport in Chattanooga shows no cancellations. The Nashville airport has cancellations all over the Northeast.