Crews Clear US 441 of Fallen Trees

Gatlinburg, Tenn. (AP) -- National Park Service crews have reopened US 441 over the Smoky Mountains after clearing a couple hundred fallen trees.

The road was initially closed Sunday afternoon because of snow near Newfound Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina line.

When road crews were snowplowing Monday morning, they found where trees had blown down onto the road, just into North Carolina.

A park spokesman says it appears the area was hit with a microburst or straight-line winds.

Crews used chain saws and chippers to clear the road Monday.

It's the main route through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina.

Also in the park, Clingman's Dome Road remains closed because of snow, ice and fallen trees.

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