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Coldest air of season arrives in western Carolinas

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Water in the fountain of the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville is frozen on a cold winter morning. (File/FOX Carolina) Water in the fountain of the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville is frozen on a cold winter morning. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After what has been a fairly mild winter, it's time to break out the heavy coats, scarves and gloves as forecasters said the coldest air of the season has arrived in the western Carolinas.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said a cold front moved through the region, bringing in the Arctic blast of air.

Kent said temperatures will quickly drop Monday night, forcing temperatures into the teens for the mountains and 20s for the Upstate. She said that winds between 15 to 20 mph in the mountains will produce wind chills of -6 degrees in the mountains and in the teens for the Upstate.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Mitchell and Yancey counties in North Carolina from midnight until noon Tuesday.

Kent said temperatures will struggle to the middle 40s on Tuesday in the Upstate. She said the mountains will top out in the upper 20s Tuesday.

Highs are forecast to reach 50 degrees before another cold snap arrives by the weekend, Kent said.

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