Mountain residents continue to deal with the aftermath of a major storm system, with flooding and snow concerns this morning.
Most school systems in the area are operating on delays or are closed.
In the Asheville area, Meadow Road near Habitat for Humanity, Cane Creek Road near Mills Gap Road, Swannanoa River Road near Caledonia Road, and Riverside Drive near Woodfin are closed this morning because of flooding.
Buncombe schools are operating on a two-hour delay, as are schools in Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Swain, Transylvania, Graham, Henderson, Haywood and Macon.
Madison, Yancey and Mitchell schools are closed today.
More than 7,500 WNC residents were without power as of 8 a.m., according to electric company websites. Hardest hit was Jackson County, with 2,732 Duke and Progress customers without electricity, and Swain, with 2,178 Duke customers without power.
Other Duke Energy outages: Buncombe, 19; Cherokee, 112; Graham, 778; Henderson, 1,184; Macon, 306; and Transylvania, 208.
Progress Energy reported the following outages: Buncombe, 73; Haywood, 82; and Mitchell, 44.
A National Weather Service flood advisory remains in effect through noon for areas along the French Broad River in Asheville and Marshall. Minor flooding is possible.
A flood warning is in effect through Friday morning for the French Broad River at Blantyre near the Henderson-Transylvania border. The river there is expected to crest tonight slightly above flood stage, with minor flooding of agricultural areas expected.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 10 a.m. for Madison, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties, with up to 2 inches of snow possible.
A winter weather advisory goes back up at midnight tonight through 10 a.m. Friday for those four counties along with Swain, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties for a second round of snow expected, with 1-2 inches possible.
Light snow was falling this morning in the Asheville area, but no accumulation is expected, according to the Weather Service.
Asheville Citizen Times