NC mountains continue to deal with snow; schools closed

NC mountains continue to deal with snow; schools closed

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by Charlotte Observer and WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 9:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina mountains continued dealing with snow on Wednesday.

A winter Adivsory remains in effect until noon for the mountain region. Reports from mountain counties Wednesday morning indicated that sleet and freezing rain is mixing with light snow.

Schools are closed again Wednesday in Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties. Lees-McRae College is closed until 10 a.m., and Caldwell Community College’s Watauga campus has canceled day classes.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says main roads in the mountain counties are mostly clear, but there are icy spots. Secondary roads are largely snow-covered.

Sugar Mountain ski resort opens on Wednesday -- the earliest opening ever for the resort -- after more than 5 inches of snow fell the last two days.

A frost advisory has posted for Wednesday night and Thursday morning for Charlotte and the rest of the Piedmont and foothills. Temperatures are expected to drop to between 32 and 35 degrees overnight.

Today will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

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