Weather

Using the widget on the left of this page, you can see the current weather conditions at the mountains.

Spring

The park’s spring months are from March to May. During the months of March, the weather in the park is very unpredictable. The weather can change instantly in the spring time as sunny days can turn into snow flurries in a matter of hours. This is especially common in the higher elevated areas. Generally, temperatures in the lower elevated areas average 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes, the weather in March can drop to 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Around the middle of April, the weather becomes much warmer. The daytime temperatures typically reach 70 degrees, and sometimes topping out in the 80’s. It is not uncommon to experience freezing temperatures in the higher park areas during the April months. As May approaches, the weather becomes increasingly warmer. The daytime temperatures can range between the 70s and 80s with lows around 40 to 50 degrees. May can experience rainfall up to 4.5 inches.

Summer

The summer months are from June to August. The summertime in the Smoky Mountains can be extremely hot and hazy. Visitors will generally experience rainfall in the afternoon as temperatures tend to stay in the 90s. The evening temperatures are usually very nice and range between 60 and 70 degrees.

Fall

The fall months are from September to the middle of November. The fall months tend to bring cool weather and very clear skies as the fall colors start to set in. While the fall days are still somewhat warm, the nights can become extremely cold. By the month of November, the temperatures are nearly freezing. This season is the park’s driest time of year.

Winter

Winter in the Great Smoky Mountains is from the middle of November until the end of February. During the winter, the park is somewhat comfortable, but can become very cold. This becomes more obvious at higher elevation levels. It is very common to have warmer temperatures at the lower levels and snow on the top of the mountains. The average day temperature during the winter is 50 degrees, but can get as high as 70 degrees. Nights in the Smokies can be very frigid as temperatures can be as low as -20 degree Fahrenheit. The lower elevations can experience an inch or more of snow a few times during the season.