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Forecasters warn of biting cold in NC mountains

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Schools across the North Carolina mountains are closed for a second day as forecasters issue urgent warnings of fresh snowfall, gusts of up to 50 mph, and single-digit wind chills.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that prolonged snow showers and low temperatures are ahead for mountain communities.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that schools closed Tuesday in Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. At least eight counties closed schools Monday.

The Highway Patrol says traffic accidents were numerous overnight as snow covered secondary roads and slick spots appeared on highways including Interstate 240 in Asheville.

At least 11 inches of snow fell on Mount Mitchell and nearly 14 inches on Beech Mountain.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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