Threat of a foot of snow closes NC areas of Blue Ridge Parkway

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – The National Park Service says parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and U.S. 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed because of heavy snow predictions.

The Charlotte Observer reports the agency announced the closures Monday citing hazardous traveling conditions and strong wind gusts that could knock down branches and powerlines.

The agency says most of the parkway is forecast to receive anywhere from a dusting to more than 12 inches of snow Monday through Tuesday morning.

Video shared with CBS 17 on Facebook by Glenn Simmons in Pond Mountain showed large flakes falling in that area of the mountains late Monday morning. Snowfall started sticking along the North Carolina-Tennessee border about 7 a.m. Monday.

A winter storm warning and wind advisory were issued for western North Carolina through 7 a.m. Tuesday, with temperatures expected to fall to 28 degrees (-2 Celsius) Monday night.

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