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Snow piles up in NC mountains; Triangle staying cool

Posted October 31, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014

— Parts of the mountains of western North Carolina saw as much as 8 inches of snow Saturday as a low-pressure system made its way across the state.

"Travel will be hazardous in the mountains with the potential for power outages due to the heavy, wet snow piling up on the leaves of the trees," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Forecasters say up to 18 inches of snow could fall at higher elevations on the western side of the mountains. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected elsewhere in the area.

A winter weather advisory is in effect in parts of three counties. About 3 inches of snow is possible Buncombe, Graham and northern Jackson counties.

The Triangle won't see any white stuff, but showers began to move out of the area Saturday night, setting up a clear but cold Sunday.

Overnight lows dipped to near freezing Sunday morning, and afternoon highs will struggle to reach 50 degrees.

"The sun will be out Sunday, but it will be breezy," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch for all of central North Carolina beginning early Monday morning.

Monday will begin cold with low temperatures around 32 degrees. By the afternoon hours, temperatures will be approaching the mid-60s with sunny skies.


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  • jmcdow2792 Oct 31, 2014

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    In my younger days, 60's and 70's I used to go home to the mountains and hunt during Thansgiving. Often there had been earlier snow fall(s) dating back to early November and there would be snow on the north sides of the higher elevations. This snow is not that early for that area .

  • USMC Vet Oct 31, 2014

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    Be safe. k

    Lord, I wish I was there, next to a nice warm fire in the fireplace.

  • USMC Vet Oct 31, 2014

    (Wish I were there.)
    Prayers for them all though, especially the young, the elderly, the disabled and the poor - who often have great difficulty preparing themselves for safety in something like this.

  • ivanhoe2014nc Oct 31, 2014

    Now we just need that snow to come East.

  • Backtothemountains Oct 31, 2014

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    Not so early....I moved here 10/28/12 and we got 6-8 inches that night.

  • Backtothemountains Oct 31, 2014

    Update from the mountains: we've dropped down to 38 and it's started raining. Predictions for my area is from 3-5 inches; higher elevations 6+. I'm at 3,333 ft elevation.

  • Mad Dawg Oct 31, 2014

    Let it snow let it swow let it snow!!!!!!

  • moomoo Oct 31, 2014

    3 inches is included in the "up to 6 inches".

  • moomoo Oct 31, 2014

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    Last time I looked, the 3 inches is included in the "up to 6 inches".

  • constructionchic Oct 31, 2014

    A little early for this time of year.