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Drenched western Carolinas brace for high winds, cold temps

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Upstate residents take cover from rain. (File/FOX Carolina) Upstate residents take cover from rain. (File/FOX Carolina)

As a cold front continues to move east across the country, rain drenched the western Carolinas and winds continued to increase on Thursday.

FOX Carolina meteorologist Andy Wood said winds will pick up drastically Thursday night and into Friday, with potential gusts of up to 75 mph on Friday in some areas.

While most of the area saw heavy rainfall throughout Thursday, Wood said most of the wet weather should move through by nightfall. He said sustained winds in northeast Georgia and the Upstate could reach 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph as temperatures fall into the 30s late Thursday night and during the early morning hours.

The mountains and western North Carolina will see slightly stronger winds and the chance of some snowfall in the high elevations. Mitchell and Yancey counties are under a winter weather advisory from midnight Thursday until midnight Friday.

The strong winds are expected across the western Carolinas through Saturday morning. Most of western North Carolina is under a high wind warning from 7 p.m. on Thursday until noon on Saturday while most of the Upstate and northeast Georgia are under a wind advisory during the same timeframe.

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