A brief winter flurry closed schools, covered roads and resulted in nine reported collisions on Wednesday morning.
At approximately 6:16 a.m. Wednesday, a Winter Weather Advisory was put into effect for eastern McDowell until 11 a.m. Initial reports estimated up to 1 inch of snow in a light flurry that began overnight, with northern and western portions of the county mostly impacted.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., McDowell County Schools and McDowell Technical Community College were closed for students with an optional teacher workday for faculty. McDowell Early Enrichment Center was closed shortly after.
While temperatures began to rise to the mid-40s as the morning continued, emergency units had responded to at least nine motor vehicle collisions since 6:30 a.m., according to Emergency Services Deputy Director Adrienne Jones. Of the nine incidents that occurred, two patients were transported to the hospital in stable condition. The majority of these collisions, Jones confirmed, occurred on the I-40 corridor in McDowell, with one incident on Bat Cave Road and another in Woodlawn.
Despite cancelling the Winter Advisory for eastern McDowell at 11 a.m., the advisory continued to be in effect with mountainous regions in the area until noon, with Ashford-North Cove, Old Fort and Woodlawn-Sevier communities still under watch.
According to the Foothill Weather Network’s 7-day forecast, conditions for Thursday are expected to be sunny with temperatures to climb to highs of 56 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 29. Friday conditions are expected to be partly sunny with temperatures estimated at a high of 57.