BLOWING ROCK, N.C. -- High wind warnings remain in place for two mountain communities Wednesday night.
In Blowing Rock the wind bent trees dangerously close to power lines.
A spokesperson for Duke-Progress Energy said there were crews ready if there were any wind-related outages.
At the historic Green Park Inn, something was missing from the sign out front.
"We had to take down the iconic green horse because we were afraid it would get blown down," said the inn's Lorry Mulhern.
Mulhern struggled as did others to stand in the bracing wind.
Roads were relatively clear but the wind drove the snow back onto many streets and parking lots.
Suzette Hodges, who comes to Blowing Rock for holidays, said, "It's probably the windiest I've ever experienced here."
The wind is a facet of life in the mountains and many here say it adds to the holiday season.
"I love the snow. I love the cold. I love the wind, but my wife hates every bit of it," said Christopher Longyear, who was out doing some shopping dressed in a sweatshirt and not a parka.