Winter weather returns to North Carolina mountains

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More snow is coming to the mountains of western North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect for 14 counties until 7 a.m. Friday.

The area stretches from Boone southwest to Murphy.

Forecasters say snow and gusty winds were expected Thursday. Up to 3 inches of snow is expected in mountain valleys, while ridgelines could see up to 5 inches of snow.

Schools are closed in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watauga counties.