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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A large winter storm will be moving across the country today through Saturday bringing blizzard conditions to the plains and Midwest.

The track of the storm keeps all of the snow mainly in the middle of the country. But now will rotate in on the back side of the storm into the southern Appalachians starting late Thursday and lasting into Saturday.

If you have travel planes Friday going north or west through the mountains, you will be driving into the snow at higher elevations. If you are flying into any airports into the Midwest, you will likely experience delays.

In the North Carolina mountains, this will start out as rain and change to snow late Thursday. Snowfall totals in the higher elevations of North Carolina will range from 2-4 . Some locally higher amounts are likely above 3,500 feet along the Tennessee line.

For the Piedmont, this will be a heavy rain storm on Thursday afternoon but temperatures plunge by Friday. Check out the change in temperatures from Thursday into Friday. We go from the low 60s to the low 40s in 24hours.

Stay with NBC Charlotte and the First Warn Storm team for continue coverage of the winter storm and changes coming to the western Carolina's.

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