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Arctic chill moving into area, snow, dangerous conditions headed to High Country

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Winter is here to stay as two Arctic cold fronts bear down on the Charlotte region over the next week.

WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin says patchy rain is in the forecast Thursday with chilly seasonal temperatures continuing.

The rain is in advance of an Arctic Front that will produce accumulating snow in the mountains overnight. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Thursday afternoon until Friday morning for the mountains about 3,500 feet north and west of Asheville, including Avery, Mitchell, Ashe and Watauga counties.

Lower elevations and areas around Boone are under a winter weather advisory.

You can expect a couple of inches of snow to fall in that region with four to six inches possible in the highest elevations, Conklin said. 

A High Wind Warning is also in effect for the High Country which could lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility and dangerous travel conditions overnight.

The weather service says even colder weather is on the way early next week where some mountain areas could go several days without getting above freezing.

Conklin says we'll all experience a taste of Arctic Air as temperatures tumble for Friday and Saturday.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is seeing delays, not because of local weather, but because of the major storm slamming the northeast. As of Thursday evening around 7:45, delays at CLT were just over 30 minutes.

Airport officials advise travelers to check directly with their airlines before coming to the airport.

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