Late Winter Snowstorm
Updated: Wednesday, March 6 2013, 10:05 PM EST
Howling winds and bitter cold temperatures make a trip outdoors a test of endurance. The late winter storm cut a path through north mountain counties with clouds of snow and high winds.
About five inches of light powder fell near Wolf Laurel. A steady high wind kept I-26 near the Tennessee line covered with ice shortly after each snowplow made its run.
In Yancey County, the snow fell on ice bonded to the pavement from Tuesday’s rainfall. That created slippery conditions for snowplow drivers clearing steep driveways.
In Mitchell County, the wind made life difficult for anyone venturing outside. High winds blew the light, powdery snow into drifts here in Bakersville and it made a mess of streets and driveways. Residents say the wind was so sharp, it was hard to bear longer than a few minutes.
NCDOT officials warn drivers about the possibility of snow and slush re-freezing and making roads dangerous tonight.