Vacationers face road closures due to snow in Smoky Mountains

Vacationers face road closures due to snow in Smoky Mountains

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Five to eight inches of snow fell in parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday night, closing many roads and leaving some vacationers stranded. Five to eight inches of snow fell in parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday night, closing many roads and leaving some vacationers stranded.
U.S. 441 was just one of many roads throughout the Smokies closed overnight due to snow and ice. U.S. 441 was just one of many roads throughout the Smokies closed overnight due to snow and ice.
Crews worked through the night, hoping to get the roads back open to drivers. Crews worked through the night, hoping to get the roads back open to drivers.
"We are vacationing here to see snow," said Bryan Quigley. "We found snow five days later." "We are vacationing here to see snow," said Bryan Quigley. "We found snow five days later."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - Five to eight inches of snow fell in parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday night, closing many roads and leaving some vacationers stranded.

For many visiting Gatlinburg, this burst of winter weather was exactly what they were looking for until it came time to leave.

"We are vacationing here to see snow," said Bryan Quigley. "We found snow five days later."

Quigley and his family are vacationing from Florida and even stayed an extra day just to see it.

However, the snow lost some of its appeal when the family got up to head home.

"We figured we would get an early start this morning," said Quigley. "It's going to take us 11 hours to get home, and the only way our map is telling us is the road that's closed."

That road is U.S. 441, just one of many roads throughout the Smokies closed overnight due to snow and ice. Crews worked through the night, hoping to get the roads back open to drivers.

"We do have plow drivers out and they're plowing and sanding as quickly as they can, but it will just open whenever it is safe," said park spokesperson Caitlin Worth.

Even with the inconvenience. the Quigleys say it was all worth it.

"The last time I saw snow, I was 5 years old and it was the first time it snowed in Florida. And I think it was one inch or an inch and a half of snow," said Quigley. "This is the first time in 37 years."

The Quigleys found a detour around the closure and are now back on their way back to Florida.

For a complete list of road closures in the park, click here.

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