Expect snow overnight, more during the day Wednesday

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**There is a WINTER STORM WARNING for Graham, Swain, Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties from 8pm Tuesday until 8pm Thursday. 3-5" possible with more on high ridges.**

**There is a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and the mountain of McDowell and Burke counties from 8pm Tuesday until 8am Thursday. 1-2" with more on high ridges.**

Showers and thunderstorms are moving through the mountains and Upstate Tuesday afternoon. That first round of moisture is part of a larger storm system which will bring additional shower chances before cold air arrives and turns the rain to snow.

The upcoming winter system has the potential to bring heavy snow to some in the mountains with hazardous road conditions possible as well as strong and gusty winds.

Expect snow to start for our highest elevations (5000 feet and higher) an hour or two before midnight, with the snow level gradually dropping to the lower mountain valleys into very early Wednesday morning.

Warm ground temperatures will help prevent good accumulation at lower elevations Wednesday morning, with areas around Asheville expecting a dusting to half an inch, BUT colder air and more snow will help bring in additional snow showers during the day Wednesday, especially in the afternoon and evening.

Expect snow showers to be intermittent throughout the day on Wednesday, with more consistent showers closer to the Tennessee border. Accumulations for counties along the Tennessee border are expected to reach several inches by Wednesday evening, with higher elevations possibly seeing over 6 inches.

Snow should gradually taper off overnight Wednesday.

Storm total snow by midnight Wednesday is expected to reach 0.5-1.5" around Asheville, with more northern valleys possibly seeing up to 2 inches, with isolated totals up to 3 inches.

Roads could get icy for higher elevations Wednesday morning but don't expect much travel trouble for lower elevations since temperatures are expected to remain around or above freezing.

Icy conditions will be more likely Wednesday evening and overnight into early Thursday as lows drop to the upper 20's.

Gusty winds move in early Wednesday and will bring some very cold wind chills to the mountains. Strong winds could aslo contribute to down trees and power-lines, mostly where heavy snow accumulates.

Thursday should be sunny but windy and chilly.

Friday into the weekend looks like a mixed bag of rain, snow, and possibly some mixed wintry weather.

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