GATLINBURG (WATE) - Superstorm Sandy may be losing strength as it plows into New York and Pennsylvania, but a winter storm in northeast Tennessee and the Smokies hasn't ended.
Strong winds and snow continues in higher elevations of the mountains. The 6 Storm Team says snow showers will continue through Wednesday morning.
Snow could accumulate from 6 to 24 inches, but will remain mostly above 2,500 feet. In the highest elevations above 5,000 feet, such as Mt. LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains Nationals Park, snow could accumulate to as much as 35 inches.
The lodge caretaker at Mt. LeConte reported Tuesday morning there was Mt LeConte was 17-inches of snow with 4-foot drifts.
Newfound Gap in Sevier County has 18 inches of snow, according to the Park Service.
A trained weather spotter told the 6 Storm Team there is six inches of snow in the Cloverlick Community of Harlan County, Kentucky.
The National Weather Service reports three inches of snow in Bristol, Va. Limestone Cove in Cherokee National Forest also has three inches, according to the 911 call center in Unicoi County.
Mountain City in Johnson County has four inches.
A park ranger told 6 News roads on the east end of the park, near Cosby and Cataloochee, are closed. The Blue Ridge Parkway and U.S. 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, N.C. are also closed.
The line between rain and snow is expected to creep to slightly lower elevations through midday Tuesday, then creep back up again in the afternoon. Snow will edge down to around 1,000 feet, especially near the Tri-Cities are and the Tennessee/Kentucky and Tennessee/North Carolina state lines.
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