FOX8's Roy Ackland was one of many who attended the 34th Annual Woolly Worm Festival over the weekend in Banner Elk.
The caterpillar that won this year's race (named Yo-Yo Ma and raced by Matt Buckland of Morganton) was used to predict the coming winter weather.
Yo-Yo Ma predicts that the first week after the winter solstice (Dec. 22) will have light snow and cold temperatures.
The first three weeks of January will be cold and snowy, followed by light snow and cold in the last week of January.
During the month of February and through the first week of March, the High Country can expect normal cold temperatures.
The season will close out during the second and third week of March with cold and snowy weather.