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Gatlinburg tourists prepare for possible snowfall

Gatlinburg tourists prepare for possible snowfall

Snowflake lights have been installed in Downtown Gatlinburg.

Many tourists who traveled to the city to view fall leaves may actually see real flakes.

"We plan to go into the mountains and see the snow.  A car passed by and it was covered in snow and they [kids] were super excited," said Jamie Corley of South Carolina.

A cold rain fell on the city Monday. Gatlinburg city street crews are not preparing for snow covered roads.  At noon, salt spreaders had not been attached to work trucks.

Sandy snow hits Smokies hikers, closes roads

Sandy snow hits Smokies hikers, closes roads

Millions of people tour the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this time of year for a visual feast of fall colors.  Monday those visitors were captivated by the white frosting on top of the mountains.

"We were going to head out this morning but we saw it was
going to snow in the higher elevations," said Jeff Ashley from western Tennessee. "We decided to stay another night
and see if we could come up here and play in the snow. This just put the topping on
the cake."

Fall brings change of color to Smokies foliage

Fall brings change of color to Smokies foliage

Fall foliage is beginning to show its colors around Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

NPS Spokesperson Dana Soehn said some visitors are calling this one of the most vibrant fall color seasons in years.

"We are in store for another fabulous fall color season," she said.

Soehn told 10News a good combination of cool nights, warms days and moisture have helped bring about the strong colors.

More Information: NPS Weekly Fall Foliage Update 

New snow machines at Ober Gatlinburg help kickstart season

New snow machines at Ober Gatlinburg help kickstart season

After a warm 2011-2012 winter in East Tennessee, hurting profits for the area's only ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg is not taking any chances this year for a good season.

"To get our tubing open early for guests that want to experience it that can't come later in the year, by opening tubing earlier for them," said Jerry Huskey, a spokesperson for the resort.

With a lofty goal of opening tubing by Thanksgiving, Ober Gatlinburg is already making snow on that trail -- something they could not do in the past during this time of year.

Rockslide shuts down road Little River Road

Rockslide shuts down road Little River Road

A rock slide is blocking one lane on Little River Road between Metcalf Bottoms and Townsend Wye, according to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The road is completely shut down at the slide.

Officials say they will evaluate the situation Wednesday.

There is no estimated time at this point for the road to re-open.

Mountain Cove area still recovering from July 5 storm

Mountain Cove area still recovering from July 5 storm

Mountain Cove marina in Sevierville is still recovering from the $1.2 million in damage it suffered during a July 5 storm, and so is the area around it.

"If it happened a day earlier on July fourth, probably would have been a lot more injury," said Ken Goodman, who manages the Mountain Cove RV Park with his wife, Mary. "The potential was there for a lot more."

He says the the strong winds downed about 30 trees on the campsite, and though hard work has put most of the mess in order the effects are lingering.