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Buncombe County Schools Closed

Buncombe County Schools Closed - Overnight snow has left a thin layer of snow on many roads in the Asheville area, including downtown, this morning, making travel treacherous and forcing many school systems to close for a second day.

Asheville police and the N.C. Highway Patrol report slick roads across the mountains and many accidents were reported overnight.

"We've had a lot of wrecks since I came in at 7 last night," an APD dispatcher said.

Most secondary roads are coated with snow, and even interstates and main thoroughfares have slick spots. I-240 in particular was very slick early this morning.

Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools are among area schools closed today. Also closed are Madison, Haywood, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery systems. Graham and Swain schools are operating on a two-hour delay.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews worked overnight treating slick spots and will continue to apply salt and sand today, DOT district engineer Jeff Moore said. But hazardous conditions will persist because of the extreme cold.

“It seems to have been a little worse in the northern part of the county,” said Moore, who's based in Asheville. “The crews will be out hitting the icy spots and dealing with black ice.”

Cold weather is making itself comfortable in Western North Carolina this week.

While the snow showers may be finished by today, biting temperatures will stick around through Wednesday.

Area residents should prepare for the coldest day of the season so far. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of only 26 today in Asheville. With winds of 14-17 mph gusting to 28 mph, the wind chill could dip to 8 degrees. A wind chill advisory remains in effect for areas above 3,500 feet, where wind chills this morning could plummet to minus-5, according to the Weather Service. Expect another cold day Wednesday, with gradual warming as the week progresses.

Buncombe County Schools Closed

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