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Is the weather feeling a little March Madness?

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Banner Elk, NC (WBTV) -

Lee's McRae student Christopher Nelson trudged through heavy snow to get home Monday afternoon in Banner Elk.

"This is pretty crazy up here," he said as he walked up the final hill to home. "It was nice and warm a few days ago and now we have this," he said. "It doesn't make any sense."  
Locals, though, say it is just the way March turns out sometimes in the North Carolina Mountains.

One of the biggest snowfalls ever in the region came in the middle of the month in 1993.
This latest round of winter weather won't match the Blizzard  of '93 but is still something folks in the area say they will remember.

"This is amazing," said Cheri Lynch of West Palm Beach, Florida. She and her family came up hoping to see a little snow but didn't expect what they ran into.

One good thing about it she says is the skiing conditions.

Sugar Mountain is the only resort still open and on Monday officials decided to extend the season through Easter Sunday.

"It's just fantastic up here," said Kim Jochl.  

The resort had its earliest opening ever on Halloween but ran into some tough periods when extended warm spells took much of the snow off the slopes.

"We needed this weather in January," said Jochl.

As it turns out, the resort will log 141 days of skiing this year when it closes Sunday night.

The key for the final days of the season will be if people can make it up the mountain.
Even major roads were snow covered by Monday afternoon. The Department of Transportation is working to clear the main roads but blowing snow kept covering up what progress they made.

Still, officials say are hoping it will be easier for folks to get around by Tuesday morning. Secondary roads, though, might still be covered. They urge drivers to be careful.

The snowfall is expected to continue into Wednesday.

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