CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Strong winds and cooler temperatures are expected to continue in the area Tuesday.

Winds will be from the northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour. Some gusts could be as high as 35 mph, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

High temperatures will only be in the upper 40s this afternoon, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

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Strong winds and heavy snow whipping around the circulation of super storm Sandy battered the North Carolina mountains Tuesday morning, closing schools and creating very slippery road conditions.

Gov. Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for 24 mountain counties, where winter storm and high wind warnings are in effect.

The snow is enabling one North Carolina ski resort to schedule its earliest season opening ever.

Gusty winds are being felt as far south as Charlotte, where a wind advisory remains in effect Tuesday.

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