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First snow of season now falling in NC mountains

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Ice and some snow at the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer) Ice and some snow at the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer)
1,000 feet from entrance of Ski Beech on Thursday evening. (Source: Ronald Tee Johnson) 1,000 feet from entrance of Ski Beech on Thursday evening. (Source: Ronald Tee Johnson)
Ice and some snow at the top of Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer) Ice and some snow at the top of Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer)
Ice and some snow at the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer) Ice and some snow at the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain just before 10 am Friday (Source: Kaci Niddifer)
The snow in Boone on Tuesday March 2, 2010.  (Calvin Wilson) The snow in Boone on Tuesday March 2, 2010. (Calvin Wilson)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The first snowfall of the season is falling in parts of the NC mountains – including some areas of the WBTV viewing area.

Even some mountain areas in Burke and Caldwell counties could see snow -- even if it is just flurries.

Landis Wofford sent pictures to WBTV of ice accumulation on Grandfather Mountain.  He said that snow accumulation hasn't really been a problem, but the top of the mountain does "have a coating of rime ice."

He said it was snowing hard at the top of the mountain around 10 a.m. Friday morning, but the wind was blowing the snow past him.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Advisory for Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.

The resort area of Ski Beech saw snow starting Thursday evening. About 1-3 inches is expected in areas above 3500 feet.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

But, the snow is not limited just to Avery as the weather service said Caldwell, Burke and McDowell mountains will see snow showers develop Thursday evening with some very light accumulation possible by sunrise Friday.

Most snow is expected to fall throughout the day Friday and Friday night.

Even some high elevation locations near the Blue Ridge could see an occasional snow shower especially during the day Friday. Total snowfall accumulations of up to 4 inches will be possible, mainly in areas above 3500 feet.

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