The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.
Above: Unaka Mountain Road. Click here to see a photo of this same stretch of road taken last month.
Even though there was only an inch or two of snow, the road was icy and treacherous. But that didn't stop the dozen or so SUVs, trucks, and one car I saw heading up the mountain in search of a wonderland adventure. It got so icy near Horseback Ridge that we turned around, put it in first and slowly made our descent. I can only imagine that now after more traffic and another thaw/freeze cycle that the road is nearly impassable at the top. They usually close the gate on this road once people start getting stuck or in trouble up there -- glad they didn't have to close it on account of me! If you want to see some snow, I'd head up to Roan Mountain. They usually keep the road to Carver's Gap in pretty good shape.