Sevier County tourists enjoy the snow

Sevier County tourists enjoy the snow

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Brooke Ryder walked nearly a mile in the snow to open her store at 6 a.m. She was one of several clearing a path to get to work. Brooke Ryder walked nearly a mile in the snow to open her store at 6 a.m. She was one of several clearing a path to get to work.
"I got bobby socks on up to here, leggings over that, pants over that and about five layers of jackets right now," Brooke Ryder said. "I got bobby socks on up to here, leggings over that, pants over that and about five layers of jackets right now," Brooke Ryder said.
Holly and Kevin Johnston came all the way from southern Alabama, not willing to let six inches of snow stop them. Holly and Kevin Johnston came all the way from southern Alabama, not willing to let six inches of snow stop them.
"I haven't put any skis on in like a year, so I'm just looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've been up in Ober. Really this is the first day I had off, and I was just fortunate enough that it's snowing now," Adam Rettberg said. "I haven't put any skis on in like a year, so I'm just looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've been up in Ober. Really this is the first day I had off, and I was just fortunate enough that it's snowing now," Adam Rettberg said.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - People in Sevier County didn't let the snow stop them from getting out and about Thursday.

They were expecting up to a foot in the mountains. Newfound Gap reported a whopping 16 inches. Gatlinburg saw nearly seven inches with even more in some spots around town.

The sidewalks in Gatlinburg were pretty snow-covered early Thursday morning, but many people were out shoveling and clearing them for tourists who say they're not going to let this snow stop them from enjoying the activities here.

"Everyone keeps trying to compare it to the Blizzard of '93. I don't think we're exactly there, but it's pretty chilly and not what we're used to, so we're just trying to take it the best we can," said Brooke Ryder.

Ryder walked nearly a mile in the snow to open her store at 6 a.m. She was one of several clearing a path to get to work.

"I got bobby socks on up to here, leggings over that, pants over that and about five layers of jackets right now," she said.

She wasn't the only one stomping a trail. Adam Rettberg trekked from Pigeon Forge with one goal.

"I haven't put any skis on in like a year, so I'm just looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've been up in Ober. Really this is the first day I had off, and I was just fortunate enough that it's snowing now," he said.

Another couple came all the way from southern Alabama, not willing to let six inches of snow stop them.

"We came in our four wheel drive truck so we were prepared," said Holly Johnston.

"People said we couldn't make it and we showed them. We proved them wrong," said her husband Kevin.

It's a sight they're not used to, but were happy to see.

"I was excited. Of course I watched it all through the night. I couldn't hardly sleep," said Kevin.

Many of the businesses in Gatlinburg were open by mid-morning, welcoming anyone who was willing to brave the snow.

No major road problems were reported in Sevier County. Crews are warning people to look out for slick spots as the temperatures drop Thursday night.

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