Smoky Mountain Weather
the most appealing aspects of the Smokies is the relatively temperate climate
year-round. However, everyone knows that weather can be unpredictable so
remember to plan accordingly and know what the Great
Smoky Mountains weather is going to
be like on your visit. Always double check the weather report because weather
can differ greatly between the mountains and Pigeon Forge. Temperatures can
vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from the mountain base to the peak and rain might
sneak up on your hiking trip. Don’t get caught unaware – know about the weather
in the Smoky Mountains.
Between March and May, weather can
become unpredictable in The Smoky Mountains. Weather can change rapidly. In
March, weather can drastically change; snow can fall anytime during the month,
particularly at higher elevations, and lower elevations have a mean of 61
degrees Fahrenheit. By mid-April the weather becomes more mild and remains in
the 70s and occasionally in the 80s at lower elevations. Afternoon showers
occur frequently during this time. May tends to bring warmer days with daytime
highs in the 70s and 80s and nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s.
During June through August expect to
experience heat, haze and humidity in the Great Smoky Mountain weather report.
By mid-day, temperatures can reach the 90s at lower elevations. Afternoon
showers and thunderstorms are common because of this. The evenings sit comfortably in the 60s and
70s. Weather at higher elevations tend to be a lot more pleasant during these
From September through mid-November
you’ll find the Smoky Mountains to be cooler with clear skies. Daytime highs
are commonly in the 70s and 80s during September, falling to the 50s and 60s in
early November. Late September is usually when the first frosts begin. By
November, lows are consistently near freezing. Although this is the driest time
of year, the higher elevations have a possibility of first-snow by November.
Smoky Mountain weather reports for
winter are generally moderate. Keep in mind though that extreme weather does
occur, especially with an increase in elevation. It is not unusual for warm
temperatures to occur in the lower elevations, while the higher areas have
snow. Most nights in this season are at or below freezing, but lows of -20
degrees Fahrenheit are possible at higher elevated areas. January and February
is when snow in the mountains is most common. During a storm, the snow totals
have been known to reach up to 2 feet.