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Heavy snow in the North Carolina mountains

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Banner Elk, NC (WBTV) -

Winter kept its stranglehold on the North Carolina Mountains at least for one more day on Tuesday as heavy snow fell in many sections.

At times there were whiteout conditions.

"I want the snow to just stop falling," said Josh Stevens. He and Jimmy Puckett work outside most of the year and they say this winter has been one of the rougher ones to deal with especially with bitter cold temperatures.

"We're definitely tired of it," said Puckett. As of mid-afternoon, as much as five inches of snow covered the ground in the Banner Elk area with temperatures in the 20's and with snow still falling.

"We love it," said Rosie Torga who was up from Miami with her family. "We're not dressed for it but we are happy to see it," she said.

The tourist season has wound down with the closings of Beech Mountain Ski Resort and Appalachian Ski resort for the season. Sugar Mountain remains open for skiers and snowboarders and officials there hope to keep the slopes open at least until the end of the upcoming weekend.

Local officials said while the total figures and not in yet, they think this winter's tourist traffic rivaled almost any other in recent memory, possibly a record.

The spring snowfall on Tuesday will keep at least a steady stream of visitors coming, they hope. Locals, though, said they are ready for it all to be over.

"It's been really cold this year," said Carol Perliza of Beech Mountain. She said she is ready for summer. "I was ready last month."

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