Solar Eclipse 2017: Traffic and Weather Forecasts for States in Totality

Don’t miss this month’s total solar eclipse because you’re stuck in traffic or blanketed by a canopy of clouds.

On Aug. 21, the moon will completely blot out the sun along a narrow strip of land from Oregon to South Carolina, in the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States mainland since 1979. is tracking the weather and traffic conditions along this 70-mile-wide (113 kilometers) “path of totality,” which stretches across 14 states. Below you’ll find up-to-date information to help plan your eclipse-viewing adventure. [The Best ISO-Certified Gear to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse]

A few quick words of advice: Stay flexible, and be open to viewing the eclipse from a relatively out-of-the way site within the path of totality, such as a state park or national forest. And arrive at your preferred viewing spot at least a day in advance, to give yourself time to seek out a less crowded or sunnier area if need be. Some of the places discussed below will doubtless get very crowded on Aug. 21.

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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove has a magnetic effect on millions of annual visitors to the Smokies. The wide open fields are evidence of a once thriving community that was relocated at the inception of the park. Fields of hay are still grown each year while the deer, bear and other natural residents roam freely while the visitors drive slowly around it perimeter by bicycle or automobile. The visitor center at the halfway point includes small store, a gristmill and several outbuilding that remind all of a simpler life from the past.


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