published Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Snow coming to Smokies where landslide broke road

This photo provided by the National Park Service shows the result of a landslide on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) on Jan. 16, 2013, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The slide, estimated to have taken out a 200-foot section of road between the Collins Creek picnic area and Webb Overlook, is expected to cause closure of the road for an extended period according to park officials.
This photo provided by the National Park Service shows the result of a landslide on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) on Jan. 16, 2013, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The slide, estimated to have taken out a 200-foot section of road between the Collins Creek picnic area and Webb Overlook, is expected to cause closure of the road for an extended period according to park officials.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Winter weather conditions are delaying assessment of a major landslide that took out a section of a highway in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

After up to 8 inches of rain, a 200-foot-long stretch of U.S. 441 slide down a slope Wednesday morning on the North Carolina side of the 500,000-acre.

The National Park Service said the initial assessment shows about 90,000 cubic yards of soil slid about the length of a football field and is piled 45-50 feet deep.

There were no injuries in the landslide.

As park officials watched on Wednesday, debris continued to fall.

The National Weather Service predicted snow for the mountains Thursday and Thursday night.

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