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Ask 13: Why were the Blue Ridge Parkway web cameras down?

"Can you tell us what has happened to the Blue Ridge Parkway Park Foundation webcams? You can't view any of them anymore," Diane Millstoney wrote to Ask 13 through Facebook. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Folks who love the Blue Ridge Parkway have grown accustomed to using webcams to check out their favorite spots. But when the webcams disappeared, a viewer contacted Ask 13 to find out what happened to them.

"Can you tell us what has happened to the Blue Ridge Parkway Park Foundation webcams? You can't view any of them anymore," Diane Millstoney wrote to Ask 13 through Facebook.

The webcams are a partnership between Rays Weather, Appalachian State University, the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Parkway Foundation.

When News 13 tried to view the web cameras on the National Park Service website, the link didn't appear to work. So, we contacted the park service to find out what was going on.

"Appalachian State University had a server go down a couple weeks ago and they started to work to put those images back online," Caitlin Worth, of Blue Ridge Parkway public affairs, said. "And we discovered, thanks to the viewer, that there were several that were still down. So, our IT folks got in contact with ASU and they managed to get everything back up and running."

So, if you can't manage to make a trip in person to the parkway for those spectacular scenic views, the webcams are back up and running with the exception of one near the Visitors Center in Asheville. Worth said that particular camera is out of service, and they're now working to get it replaced.

Normally there are eight webcams available through the Blue Ridge Parkway's website.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@wlos.com.

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