Schools closed, delayed in NC mountains amid ice, freezing temperatures, blustery winds

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ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — Winter has pushed into the North Carolina mountains bringing frigid temperatures, blustery winds and ice-coated roads that have delayed or closed schools.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect through noon on Tuesday in the mountains on the state's western border.

Media outlets reported schools in the Erwin District of Buncombe County closed while other schools in the advisory area were delayed. There were patches of snow and ice in downtown Asheville at dawn.

Forecasters said as much as an inch of snow could fall and temperatures were to rise only into the 20s with it feeling much colder with wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

Across the border in South Carolina at least two accidents were reported on busy Interstate 85 because of black ice on the expressway.

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