Blue Ridge Parkway weather forecast sites launched

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 2:09 p.m., Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 2:10 p.m.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- People who want to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway in the winter will be able to check weather forecasts made specifically for the road.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation worked with the parkway and two other groups to set up BRPweather.com and BRPwebcams.org. They hope visitors will use the sites so they avoid being stopped by gates and signs reading “parkway closed for winter weather.”

The sites will monitor the weather on the 469-mile parkway, which stretches from the Smokies in Cherokee to Shenandoah National Park in Waynesboro, Va.

The other groups working on the project are Appalachian State University and RaysWeather.com.

The sites went live Nov. 1. They include live weather as well as a seven-day forecast written by five forecasters.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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