WEATHER IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
One of 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 months.
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.