WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- It happens every year, but it doesn't make it any easier.

Freezing winter air blasted across the high country mountains Saturday with near-freezing temps and high winds- forcing App Students to dig out their toboggans and heavy coats.

"Cold, I am not used to this weather at all, man." said Demeer Faison. "How much longer is this going to last, honestly?"

"Hopefully not too long." said student Alex Brodie, "But I have a feeling it's going to last forever."

At the Walmart on Highway 321, Craig Core and his family were loading up the SUV with a week's worth of food and supplies for their holiday vacation.

"Yeah, we're staying up in Blowing Rock and we already went to the 'Blowing Rock' and it was crazy, crazy windy. We were hoping for some snow and not just freezing cold."

John Rutledge and his wife Cindy didn't seem to mind the weather. This is what they came for from Greensboro.

"It feels great though, it kind of gets you spirit for the holidays." said Cindy.

The forecast is calling for more high winds, and near freezing temperatures on Sunday as well.