- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed roads and evacuated campsites due to heavy snowfall and icy conditions.

WBIR-TV reports (http://on.wbir.com/1peNT1Y ) that the list of road closures includes U.S. Highway 441-Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road and Cades Cove Loop Road.

Rangers also began working to evacuate campers at the Elkmont and Cades Cove campgrounds due to fallen trees and safety concerns. All campers must leave Elkmont. Campers in tents must leave Cades Cove. Campers in recreational vehicles have been allowed to stay at this time.

The Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitors centers are open.

Mount LeConte recorded 16 inches of snow as of Saturday morning, marking a new daily snowfall record for the park.


Information from: WBIR-TV, http://www.wbir.com/



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