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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Snow is falling in western North Carolina as cold weather moves into the region.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather warning Tuesday for higher elevations in Avery, Buncombe, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties. A winter weather advisory was in effect for lower elevations and included parts of Burke, Caldwell, Henderson, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties.

Up to 6 inches of snow was expected in the mountains. Up to 3
inches of snow was expected in lower elevations.

Wind child values were expected to be as low as 10 below zero.

Forecasters said driving conditions would be dangerous.

Temperatures ranged from 12 in Boone to 17 in Asheville.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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