BANNER ELK, N.C. (WBTV) - The beginning of the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend was welcomed by a variety of weather in Avery County on Friday.
What began as rain, turned to snow, and then clear skies with bright sunshine. It’s expected to turn again to cloudy skies and more snow Friday night.
It comes as tourists flock to the area for a long weekend.
The MLK Holiday is normally one of the biggest weekends for the winter economy and this year will be no different.
COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in some limits in operating hours and the number of people inside restaurants and other facilities but officials say business will still be good. Ski areas are advising people to call ahead or check websites to buy lift tickets early.
There will be some limits to the number of people allowed in and a chance the resorts will sell out. Lodging is booked up in most areas.
Officials are reminding people that facemasks are required indoors and social distancing is a must as well.