Hang on to your hat this blustery, cold Wednesday


Northern areas could also see a few wet flakes mixed in as well, but nothing of concern.

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Besides some moisture, Wednesday is turning out to be really windy with gusts to near 40 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until midnight for much of the viewing area.

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In Durham, the strong wind was to blame for a huge tree toppling over onto power lines. The incident knocked out power near Geer Street and closed the road.

Meanwhile, snow falling was reported in Roxboro, Asheville, Jefferson and farther west in Franklin.

As a result, the National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings until 6 a.m. Thursday for the northwestern North Carolina mountains. A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight for other parts of the mountains.

Forecasters say up to 12 inches of snow could fall in the higher elevations of mountains. They say between 2 and 5 inches is expected around Boone.

Farther south, up to about 2 inches of snow is expected in the Asheville area.

Back in Triangle, temperatures struggled to reach a high in the upper 40s.

Thursday will be a partly to mostly sunny day, but still with wind and high temperatures moving back into the middle 50s for the afternoon.

It should stay dry Friday through the weekend with some sunshine each day. Temperatures will recover to near 60 Saturday and into the middle 60s Sunday.

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