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Goodbye to short sleeve weather

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NEWLAND, NC (WBTV) -

Sunshine broke through the clouds in many parts of the North Carolina Mountains on Wednesday raising temperatures to the 60 degree mark in some places. Many took advantage by going on short hikes in shorts and short sleeves, knowing that this type of weather could not last long in January.

"I think something is coming," said one woman as she sat on a bench in front of a waterfall just outside of Newland. Forecasters back that feeling up.

More rain is in the forecast with snow to follow. Some sections of the mountains will see half a foot or more before it is over on Friday. 

"We really need it bad," said Tom Case at the Jonas Ridge Tubing Park near Pineola.  Case said the snow guns have not been able to coat the lanes in more than a week so they had to shut down and wait for cold weather. He said it is critical that the weather turn before the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend begins on Friday.

"It is our biggest weekend of the season," he said. Groups have already booked  reservations and big crowds are expected if the weather cooperates.

Across the mountains on Wednesday people kept talking about the snow that may be coming. "Two years ago we had 130 inches of snow that winter," said Jim Perry at the Linville Land Harbor. This year, the totals in most sections have barely hit the one foot mark.

Most of the weather events so far have been rain and winds. Tuesday night there was heavy rain at times and swollen creeks Wednesday were evidence of that. No major flooding was reported.

Forecasters say snowfall could reach all the way to the Charlotte area before this next storm passes through. People are urged to pay attention to weathercasts and take precautions where needed.

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