Lake Junaluska cross in the snow

Scott Maclay FROZEN CROSS — The cross beside Lake Junaluska stands as a steadfast reminder of the church’s focus through good times and difficult ones.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a winter weather advisory alert for Madison, Buncombe, Haywood, Graham, Mitchell, Swain,; Avery and Yancey counties.

In the wake of a vigorous cold front, brisk northwesterly winds and associated moisture will reach the southern Appalachians starting tonight.

A fairly extended period of snowfall and very windy conditions then will continue through Monday and linger well into Monday night.

Snowfall accumulations will be highly dependent on elevation and be most significant on northwest facing slopes. Most lower mountain elevations away from the immediate Tennessee border will see less than 3 inches for the event as a whole, but the higher ridges above 3500 feet, will see 6 to 12 inches.

A few ridge top locations will exceed 12 inches, especially in the Smokies.

Total snow accumulations of up to 11 inches above 3500 feet — winds gusting as high as 50 mph. For the winter weather advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 5 inches in these lower elevations. Winds gusting as high as 45mph.

Where —The mountains of western North Carolina, generally near the Tennessee border.

When — Tonight through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Impacts — Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.Slow down and use caution while traveling.Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the NationalWeather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred.

You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional detail scan be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.

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