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Heavy rain ends, but wind and snow begins

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Water rushes over Reedy River Falls in downtown Greenville after heavy rain moved through the area. (Dec. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina) Water rushes over Reedy River Falls in downtown Greenville after heavy rain moved through the area. (Dec. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina)
A car prepares to cross a bridge on Sugar Creek Road in Spartanburg County as rising waters threaten to flood the road. (Dec. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina) A car prepares to cross a bridge on Sugar Creek Road in Spartanburg County as rising waters threaten to flood the road. (Dec. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Flooding in the parking lot of Hyde Park Apartments in Mauldin makes it hard for some to reach their cars. (Dec. 26, 2012/iWitness Avery Poor) Flooding in the parking lot of Hyde Park Apartments in Mauldin makes it hard for some to reach their cars. (Dec. 26, 2012/iWitness Avery Poor)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Heavy rain moved through the area overnight, but forecasters said their attention now turns to the high winds and snow showers expected Wednesday.

A powerful storm system that moved through the Southeast on Tuesday brought strong storms and heavy rain. In the western Carolinas, that heavy rain left behind flooding, closed roads and power outages.

The Highway Patrol reported several roads closed because of flooding and trees that had fallen into the roadway. Most of them were in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. By early afternoon, most of the closed roads were reopened.

Most of the power outages were reported in North Carolina, according to Duke Energy's website. More than 1,300 customers were without power in Jackson County, and more than 200 people were without electricity in Rutherford County. In South Carolina, the largest number of power outages was reported in Greenville County, where more than 880 people were without electricity. By early afternoon, most power had been restored.

By Wednesday morning, most of the heavy rain had moved east of the region. Forecasters said the rain will continue to taper off, but high winds will make driving tricky for the remainder of the day.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for all of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia until 6 p.m.

Forecasters said winds could gust to as high as 60 mph for locations above 3,500 feet. Outside of that area, winds could gust as high as 40 mph, before tapering off Wednesday night.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Andy Wood said that with the saturated soil, the high winds will likely push down trees, meaning there could be more power outages throughout the day.

A winter weather advisory was also issued for Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties in North Carolina from 6 p.m. until noon Thursday.

Wood said some snow showers will form along the North Carolina and Tennessee border, and could result in up to three inches of accumulation in the highest elevations.

Sunny weather will return to the western Carolinas by Thursday, Wood said. He said highs will top out in the 50s for the Upstate and the 40s for the mountains. He said the next chance for rain arrives by the weekend.

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