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More than 5 inches of snow in NC mountains; showers in the Piedmont

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than five inches of snow has fallen in the North Carolina mountains as of late Saturday morning, according to WSOC-TV.

The snow started coming down around 5:30 a.m. and more than three inches has been reported in Boone as of 11 a.m. and about five-and-a-half inches in other parts of the high county.

The storms are expected to continue to push toward the east throughout the day. More snow is expected in the state later on Saturday.

At the lower elevations, up to three inches is expected and up to six inches of snow is expected in the higher elevations of the mountains.

Wet snow could bring down power lines and trees, which could mean power outages for the area.

Winter Storm Warnings are in place for Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties until 8 p.m. Saturday. The main concerns will be heavy snow accumulating in higher elevations.

In the Piedmont, rain showers are expected with highs on Saturday to be in the mid-40s.