Snow expected in North Carolina mountains

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 12:45 PM EST shows mostly clear skies dominating the southeastern United States as a surface ridge is intruding into the area thus stabilizing atmospheric conditions. A large clipper system can be seen over the middle Mississippi River Valley with an area of mixed rain and snow showers. This system is expected to heavily impact New England tomorrow evening through Tuesday with a large amount of snowfall. The National Weather Service has issued a Critical Weather Day that is in effect until Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Snow is expected in the higher elevations of some of the North Carolina mountains.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. Monday because of the threat of snow in the area.

The advisory is in effect in Graham, Haywood, Swain and northern Jackson counties. Up to 3 inches of snow is possible at the highest elevations.

Schools in Avery, Madison, Watauga and Yancey counties will open two hours later than usual because of the threat of snow.

Light snow was reported in Boone early Monday.

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