CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Close to a 1,000 Duke Energy customers are without power in the Charlotte area after high winds knocked down power lines and trees Wednesday night.

A strong weather system brought gusts of winds up to 35 mph to the Charlotte region late Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

High winds knocked down trees in Charlotte and Hickory Wednesday night. No injuries were reported. The high winds were accompanied with a cold front that brought rain and colder temperatures.

The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday in seven counties. Forecasters say up to 3 inches of snow is possible in Avery, Graham, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey counties.

Forecasters also said a bit of snow is still possible in Ashe, Allegheny and Watauga counties.

Schools are closed in Avery and Watauga counties.

Today will be sunny, but much colder with highs only in the low to mid-40s with a gusty northwest winds at 15-25 mph.

This weekend will be mostly cloudy but very mild, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

The rain chance increases Sunday and Sunday night. Temperatures Sunday afternoon will be in the upper 50s. Monday should be cloudy with a few showers and highs only in the upper 40s.

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