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After severe storms, snow and ice arrive in mountains

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the North Carolina mountains through tomorrow morning. 

Rocky weather and dangerous driving conditions will continue as drenched areas in the high country see wet roads turn icy tonight. 

Temperatures will fall into the teens in many of the highest elevations tonight, causing a widespread threat of black ice through tomorrow morning.  

If possible, avoid roadways until temperatures warm up in the late morning hours.  Another threat of this system could be downed tree branches from strong, gusty winds.  Gusts as high as 60 mph are possible.

Additionally, up to two inches of snow is in the forecast for the high country as the southern edge of a clipper brings more snow to the mountains tonight.

The cleanup is underway in Watauga County, a day after severe flash flooding damaged roads and homes.

Rebekkah Carswell and her roommate, Ana spent the day removing items from the first floor of their apartment, after two feet of water came in Wednesday afternoon.

Carswell says she left the apartment for 30 minutes. When she returned, high water from a nearby creek flowed into their unit at the Bavarian Complex in Boone. It's on several that sustained damaged because if Wednesday's weather event.

"Overwhelming" says Carswell. "Mud and water everywhere." The carpet had to be ripped up, couch and chairs removed. There's still muddy water in the oven.

Boone Police say during the storm, "225 telephone calls were received by the Boone 911 Communications Center resulting in 46 calls for service.  Out of those calls there were 19 water rescue incidents with a total of 46 people being removed from harm, 1 hazardous materials incident and 1 structure fire".

All across the county, people are cleaning and surveying the damage.

Crews from the state Department of Transportation were out checking roads. They say the main roads are open but several side streets and back roads are undermined because of damage, including washed out shoulders.

Watauga County's Emergency Management says the river and some creeks are high, but the water has receded. County officials say there is one power outage reported Thursday afternoon - but they don't know if it's related to the weather.

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