NC mountain county schools delay class, opt for remote learning due to wintry weather

WBTV Thursday morning weather forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A First Alert remains out for the mountain counties – just for the morning hours – as last night’s storm covered back roads with snow, and it will stay blustery and cold there today with highs only in the 20s.

A Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect for Avery, Ashe, and Watauga counties as 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible above 3,500 feet with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation likely in the lower elevations. Add to that, winds could gust as high as 40 to 50 mph at times along the higher ridges. The Winter Storm Warning extends through noon Thursday.

The wintry weather has school districts delaying or canceling class Thursday:

  • Caldwell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay
  • Avery County Schools will learn remotely
  • Watauga County Schools will learn remotely
  • Alexander County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay

A wet and wintry weather pattern moved into the WBTV viewing area Wednesday evening, and it will bring precipitation lasting through early Thursday morning.

Scattered rain showers will become widespread during the late afternoon and early evening hours as this system moves in from the west.

An accompanying cold front permitted temperatures to plummet across the region tonight, with the precipitation changing over quickly from rain to snow at the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains Wednesday evening before transitioning to snow in the valleys.

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