Winter weather advisory for high elevations
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Western North Carolina including Swain County for elevations at 3,500 feet or higher.
A low pressure system tracking northeast in the area will bring cold air and lingering moisture to the Southern Appalachians. Precipitation will continue with snow beginning at higher elevations in the afternoon and to the lower elevations by Friday evening.
Showers will taper off Saturday morning.
Total accumulations of 2-4 inches are forecast for the highest elevations of the Smokies. The storm will also bring wind gusts as high as 40-50 miles per hour to the mountain peaks.
US 441 Newfound Gap Road between Cherokee and Tennessee has been closed due to ice and snow. Visit twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps for road updates.
Road conditions in the area with snow could be treacherous, so plan ahead. A few power lines and trees may also be impacted by the high winds resulting in isolated power outages.
To learn more about being ready for winter weather, visit readync.org. For state travel information, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims.
photo courtesy of National Park Service