Winter Wonderland in the North Carolina Mountains

The sun returned to the mountains today, unveiling a stunning winter wonderland in the highest elevations. This afternoon, we hiked the Appalachian Trail at Roan Mountain after receiving 20 inches of snow and plenty of rime ice to whiten the trees. Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy brought three days of snow in an unusual October snow storm. While the snow never laid on the ground in the city of Asheville, more than a foot of snow was just 20 miles away in the higher elevations. Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received three feet of snow! See more snow photos from the “Frankenstorm.”