Winter Weather, Haywood County
Snow fell steadily up high in our mountains. In Waynesville, the roads are slippery in many places with plows running steadily attacking the main ones first.
People are being advised to be careful around icy waterways.
Ashton Turnage made her way to Haywood County from Asheville, "came up here I had to really slow down from Asheville to here. The roads have gotten pretty bad."
She paused to enjoy the fresh blanket of snow over the mountains, and now covering ice over Lake Junaluska, "I think this is so pretty out here I stopped to take a few pictures."
The snowfall makes for a pretty picture but forest service officials are saying there's still a lot of danger on these frozen mountain lakes. They say the ice is not thick enough yet to be on and you could fall through and suffer hypothermia or even drown. So they advise staying off it.
Most of the lake is frozen but open spots remain.
Ashton Turnage, resident, "it was pretty warm yesterday so I definitely wouldn't get out there...No way."
Despite the snow, runners and walkers trekked along, but drivers crept along at a slow, careful pace, especially on steep curvy mountain roads. Plows having to keep a steady pace too to keep up with the snowfall.
Tasheena Martin, Cherokee, "if the salt truck would come up it would be a little bit easier."
In Cherokee, Tasheena Martin's kids got out of school early, a chance to come home and play.
Residents by now learning per-emptive steps to take in winter. Tom Mabry, hiker, "I'm going to have to be careful. I've got my hiking poles and I'm going to go down there and take some pictures."
He figures, enjoy the beauty since the end of winter is still a long walk away.