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Going to the Smokies? Best check for weather updates and storm closures first

Staff Report • Jun 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

The rough weather that hit Northeast Tennessee on Thursday could impact the weekend plans of hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts.

Before packing up and heading for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials want visitors to be aware of storm damage closures in the park.

Visitors to the park can get updated road and weather information by calling (865) 436-1200. Dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast. Visitors also can get road status updates via the Twitter account @SmokiesRoadsNPS.

The park also has a temporary closures webpage, though more frequent updates can be found through the Twitter account or the telephone number.

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