Snow up top has some Smokies roads closed

POSTED: 3:47 AM Mar 28 2013   UPDATED: 6:01 PM Mar 28 2013
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

Road crews are working to get snow-covered roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park open as the spring tourism season is set to begin.

Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said the higher elevations of the Smokies have received more than 18 inches of snow this week.

On Wednesday, U.S. 441 was closed between the Sugarlands Visitor Center and Newfound Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. The Clingmans Dome Road was scheduled to open Friday, but isn't likely to be passable before early next week. 

Updated information on road conditions can be checked online at http://www.nps.gov/grsm or by calling (865) 436-1200.