Strong winds move across region; snow falling in mountains

Strong winds move across region; snow falling in mountains

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by WCNC.com & Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 2:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Midwest's first major snowstorm of the season moved across several states this week, bringing rain, snow and heavy wind gusts to the North Carolina mountains, foothills and piedmont regions.

For the Charlotte region, clouds will increase Friday afternoon with  strong winds moving across the area with the wind gusts above 30 mph.

The wind chill will make it feel like it's in the teens and 20s throughout today, according to the First Warn Storm Team

High wind warnings are posted across the North Carolina mountains, with a high wind watch in effect for the foothills.

High wind warnings are also posted for the Charlotte region for this weekend.

In addition, a winter weather advisory has been issued for the northern mountains, with 1-2 inches of snow possible Friday afternoon and another 2-3 inches expected Friday night.

Wind gusts of 60 mph or stronger are possible Friday and Friday night in the mountains, where the high wind warning will continue.

Temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the low 50s, with morning lows in the mid to upper 20s.

A few delays have been reported at the Charlotte Douglas Airport due to the weather this morning.

Flights heading to JFK Airport in New York and Philadelphia International are delayed due to the weather.

Travel conditions are not favorable on  U.S. 421 in Watauga County near Boone due to blowing snow, according to NCDOT.

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