Snow blankets Sevier County

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) --- Snow blanketed Sevier County on Wednesday, closing schools and some roads in the area.

6 inches of new snow fell on Mt. LeConte in the Smokies, and in Galtinburg the National Park Service reports 2 inches at headquarters. Park crews had not been able to drive Newfound Gap Road to take measurements in other areas of the park as of late Wednesday.

Sevier County Emergency Management activated Level 2 of the county's winter weather plan. That level calls for limited ambulance service to the higher elevations. The county would respond to emergencies using 4 wheel drive vehicles where roads cover with snow.

Families took time to enjoy the snow. One family from South Carolina took a trip just for the snow.

From Knoxville, Righ O'Leary, was on a vacation in Gatlinburg with his family of 7. He says the family wanted to take time to enjoy the snow, which they don't see much of in Knoxville.

"We're just enjoying this beautiful snow. We don't get a lot of it in Knoxville so we're playing in it down here in Gatlinburg," said O'Leary. "We've had 60 degree hiking weather and now snow, so it's been a perfect week."

All of the state roads in Sevier County have been treated for the night by TDOT. County officials say watch for snow on the back roads, it could take several days for the snow to melt in areas that don't get much sun.

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