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Colder temperatures, snow chances back in the forecast

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Another Canadian air mass is heading toward the Carolinas, and it will send our temperatures on a downward spiral across the Carolinas. 

As the arctic air really settles in, highs struggle to even get above freezing Wednesday.

A winter storm advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg on Monday predicts that snow will fall in the southern Appalachian mountains, with heavy accumulation of up to six inches at the higher elevations.

Winds of 15 to 20 miles to hour are expected, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Wind chills could make the temperature feel as if it is below zero.

The Piedmont will feel the blast of cold, but snow and even rain chances will be limited. 

Can we rule out a few flakes? No, but it's unlikely to make the changeover from rain.  Even if it does, don't expect it to stick around. 

Snow in the mountains is expected to begin late Monday night, then peak near midday Tuesday before high pressure builds in Wednesday.  

Strong, gusty winds could at times cause blowing snow and poor visibility, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties from late tonight into early Wednesday morning.

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