Welcome warmup in NC mountains, but some cold weather hazards persist

BLOWING ROCK, NC (WBTV) - In many parts of the North Carolina mountains Monday temperatures rose above the freezing mark for the first time this year.

"Feels like a tropical heatwave," said Dwan Elks in Blowing Rock. It comes a day after the morning low hit zero at his house on Sunday.

Along with the warmup came some rain and sleet. There was some concern of icing, but as of early Monday evening, there was none.

Traffic was moving smoothly. Temperatures had risen above freezing before the precipitation began.

Meanwhile, officials are again urging people to stay off of ice-covered lakes and rivers. The warming temperatures over the next couple of days will make the ice brittle and too thin to support someone.

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