Spring-like day makes way for winter again in the North Carolina mountains

NC mountains brace for several inches of snow

BANNER ELK, N.C. (WBTV) - Blue skies and bright sunshine spread across the North Carolina mountains for much of the day on Wednesday.

In some spots, temperatures reached the low 60s.

It won’t last, however.

Clouds began to move in by late afternoon, signaling a front was about to pass through bringing rain, falling temperatures, and several inches of snow overnight.

Highway crews are geared up to handle the weather.

Avery County Highway Maintenance Engineer Travis Henley says it’s been a busy winter so far.

“Last weekend was the first full weekend our guys have had off since Thanksgiving,” Henley said.

There have not been any significant warm spells and they don’t expect one in the near term either.

Meanwhile, businesses have done well because of the weather.

Linville River Companies, which provides bundles of firewood, has seen big business this winter.

“It’s just been crazy,” said Chad Fink.

They and other businesses hope the frequent snowfalls will keep bringing the tourists up.

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