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In this clip, you get an ‘in-cab view’ of what it is like to travel on one of America’s most dangerous roads. To make it even more tricky, there is a thick wall of fog to contend with! The footage was captured at the Black Mountains which are east of Asheville in North Carolina. Thankfully, the truck made it safely to the other side.
What’s Special About the Black Mountains in North Carolina?
The Black Mountain Range in the western part of North Carolina is the location of the highest peak in the eastern United States which is Mount Mitchell standing at 6,683ft. At the same time, this is a relatively small mountain range that is only 15 miles long. It is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which extends from northern Georgia to southern Pennsylvania.
The range is made up of mostly pre-Cambrian metamorphosed rocks and is between 1.5 billion and 325 million years old. It was not covered by ice during the last Ice Age and therefore does not have typical glacial features such as U-shaped valleys.
The area is made up of mixed oak forests and spruce-fir forests. You will find a huge range of tree species in the mountain range including maple, hickory, and oak at the lower elevations. At the highest elevations, you will find Fraser firs and red spruce.
What Exactly Is Fog?
This area is famous for an atmospheric phenomenon called thermal inversion. This is where low-lying clouds rest in the valleys and look a little like rolling waves. If you are standing up above this and viewing it from a mountaintop, it’s spectacular. If you have to drive through it – it is not so great.
Because Asheville has loads of streams, rivers, and creeks, it’s a great place to see a thermal inversion. It can happen at any time of the year. However, it is most common in the fall when nights are cooler and the days are warm.
Advice from the National Weather Service for driving in fog is that you should slow down. Use low-beam headlights and fog lights if you have them. However, you should never use high-beam lights. Make sure you are staying in the proper lane and if necessary pull over into a safe location such as a parking lot until the fog has passed. You are advised to turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights so that other drivers don’t think that you are still on the road and run into you.
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