Leaving Gatlinburg follow directions to Cherokee, NC Clingmans Dome parking lot is located approximately half way down.
This was early October morning yet Clingmans Dome welcomed us with Snow and Ice. Temperature on this elevation (over 6000ft) was much lower than in Gatlinburg. I recommend worm jacket, hat and gloves.
As soon as we reached Clingmans Dome parking lot thick layer of clouds covered most of the sky above our heads. Small opening in clouds allowed sun to shine trough and highlight distant landscape.