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The national weather service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am EDT Wednesday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
Locations: The northern mountains of North Carolina.
Hazards: Heavy snow as well as periods of low visibility. Falling temperatures causing treacherous road conditions.
Timing: Snow will be ongoing at higher elevations tonight, then gradually fall toward the valley floors by daybreak. Snow showers will then continue through much of the Monday through Tuesday night period.
Accumulations: Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches, with 8 to 12 inches possible at the highest elevations by Tuesday night.
Impacts: Slick roads. The weight of heavy, wet snow and strong winds may also knock down trees and power lines.
Temperatures: In the lower 30s.
Winds: Northwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.
Visibility: One quarter mile or less at times in heavy snow.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecasted that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, be sure to take along your cell phone. Wear a warm coat, gloves, and boots. Keep a blanket, flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates.
Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.