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Western Mountain Snow

Snowfall caused a handful of cars to slide off Interstate 40 in Haywood County Wednesday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says there were no major wrecks, but cars did slide off the interstate between Canton and Waynesville.

Troopers remind drivers the roads will be full of Thanksgiving travelers and to take their time to stay safe.

"We've got coverage from the state line all the way to over into Buncombe County for us.  So they'll be troopers out working the traffic and slowing people down," says Trooper Roger Smith.

More snow fell in higher elevations.

Some visitors hoped to find the Blue Ridge Parkway open, only to find it barricaded.

Others took advantage of opening day at Tube World in Maggie Valley.

"I already sent like all my friends pictures of this morning and how pretty is was," says Kate Boyle of Jacksonville, Florida, seeing snow for the first time.

Health officials urge people to take precautions with cold temperatures and bitter wind chills.

"When wind chill is higher, it blows that barrier layer of heat away from the body. So it makes the skin and the body more susceptible to the effects of the cold," says Sarah Mannle, a physicians assistant with Medwest Urgent Care.

She says hikers or skiers or anyone going out in the cold and high winds for any length of time should cover extremities, especially the face and hands.

"Frostbite is where actually the cold can damage the skin to the point where capillaries are not replenishing the blood supply," she says.

Mannle says it's important to keep moving too, to keep your body temperature up.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


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