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(WGHP) — Heavy winds and rain will slow down the commute this morning.

The Triad and points north, the rain will change over to snow sometime during the morning commute. 1 to 3 inches can be expected east of the Blue Ridge, primarily accumulating on grassy surfaces.

In the mountains, 4 to 8 inches can be expected.

Winds will be blustery today, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Mondays high came just after midnight, so temperatures will fall into the 30s through the morning before rising back up to around 40 with sunshine this afternoon.

The weather conditions have led to thousands of power outages across North Carolina, Duke Energy says. Over 150,000 outages have been reported state-wide. School districts across the area have delayed or closed schools today. StarMed has also announced a delay in the opening of their COVID-19 testing sites.

Police are asking people to use caution as they leave their homes this morning. Use caution and be aware of potential hazards in the roadway. Trees and powerlines are down all across the Triad. Photos taken by the FOX8 team show everywhere from Rural Hall to Lexington coating the scenery.

Flood and wind advisories have been issued for large swaths of the FOX8 viewing area.

As the weather develops, we will bring you updates on-air and online. Use caution when out and about.