WEATHER ON THE GAMBLER is fairly predictable most of the summer. The winter months from November through March can be impossible to predict.The chart below indicates averages for each month. BE WARNED that these are averages and the actual temperatures can vary widely. For example we have seen temperatures ranging from the low-90s in summer to minus 15 degrees in the winter.
There can many fair weather days in the winter, but they are not predictable. We have ridden Christmas and New Years, but we considered that lucky. We have seen snow as early as Halloween. The Blizzard of 1993 dropped 4 feet of snow on the higher elevations in one day on March 13. We have seen snow as late as April.
WARNING The Gambler is never closed due to the number of residences in the area. North Carolina plows and treats roads after heavy snows, but we have seen severe road icing even after that.
Many summer afternoons bring widely scattered rain showers. Often the weather stations and web weather will indicate rain for the entire area. BE AWARE that you can still have nearly a full day of riding before the summer showers hit in mid-afternoon. And these showers are spotty …. not everywhere. Go 5 miles and you might be in the clear. They often dissipate in the late afternoon leaving several hours of good riding before dark.
Be aware that bad weather such as rain and high winds can bring down trees/land slides at any time. Travel with caution under these conditions.
Looking for weather forecast for this regions?
Search your favorite weather website for Gatlinburg TN, Cherokee NC, Robbinsville NC
The National Park Service can close sections of the Parkway and US441 during inclement weather. For all the details on the Foothills Parkway and roadways thru the Great Smoky Mountains check out the NPS website and twitter.