The calendar may say April 23, but it feels and looks more like January in the North Carolina mountains.
The snowfall in Avery County let up shortly before noon Monday, which is good news for people living and working in the area trying to get around. However, there are still very strong winds at higher elevations.
There have been recorded gusts well over 30 mph.
Officials said the roads are in good shape at lower elevations, but above 4,000 feet, the roads are getting icy.
Joshua Jones, a student at a local college, said he can’t believe the late snow storm.
“I’m from Florida and I thought I would wake up in shorts and the sun would be out, but this blows my mind,” he said.
Many areas in the mountains are not expected to see temperatures above freezing for the rest of the day.