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Heavy rains continue into Tuesday evening

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An ice-covered tree in Taylors. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness) An ice-covered tree in Taylors. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness)
An ice-glazed tree is seen in Travelers Rest. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina) An ice-glazed tree is seen in Travelers Rest. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Monaghan Ave. at West Parker Rd. is flooded in Greenville County. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina) Monaghan Ave. at West Parker Rd. is flooded in Greenville County. (Nov. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)

A winter storm brought some ice and will continue to bring rain to the Upstate and mountains Tuesday.

Freezing rain and sleet fell in many areas of western North Carolina, as well as in small pockets of Greenville and Spartanburg counties early Tuesday before turning to rain, according to FOX Carolina meteorologist Nicole Papay.

The rain will continue and will actually get heavier for many spots until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, according to FOX Carolina chief meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Kent said the rains will thin out a little after 7 p.m., but the showers will linger overnight.

Across parts of the Upstate, the heavy rains led to some flooding issues, including along West Parker Road and Monaghan Avenue in Greenville.

And in Transylvania and Henderson counties, a flood warning was issued as the waters of the French Broad River rose, causing minor flooding.

A flood watch was also issued for greater Greenville, greater Oconee, greater Pickens, Spartanburg, and Cherokee counties, several western North Carolina counties, and Franklin and Stephens counties in northeast Georgia through late Tuesday night as 2" to 3" of rainfall is expected, with isolated areas of 3" to 5" possible.

While most roads may not face flooding, with the heavy rain, the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported more than a dozen wrecks Tuesday. Drivers are reminded to use caution on slick roads.

The rains may turn to snow in the mountains late on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, Kent said. The snow will quickly accumulate along the Tennessee border, and should make it to Asheville by 2 to 3 a.m. The area could be expecting 2" to 4" inches of snow in the highest elevations, with about a dusting to an inch in Asheville, according to Kent's forecast. 

Kendra said the system will bring very strong winds out of the northwest on Wednesday afternoon, and may pose another travel hazard.

Storms knock out power to parts of Carolinas

Amidst the ice and rain, Duke Energy reported some power outages Tuesday morning. Crews worked to restore power for many. As of about 9 a.m., nearly 600 were still without power in Spartanburg County, 100 in Greenville County, about 60 in Cherokee County and 100 in Transylvania County.

Duke Energy Progress reported more than 1,500 without power in the Barnardsville area of Buncombe County along with a few other small outages scattered across the county. There were also about 100 without power in the Hoopers Creek area of Henderson County.

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Rain lingers, more winter weather in forecast for some

Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s Tuesday and will remain above freezing until midnight, causing no additional concern for icy roads.

As the storm system moves north, Papay said it will leave behind colder air and a secondary front, which could produce a few hours of sleet and change into snow before Wednesday's commute.

Rain showers will remain in the Upstate through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Papay said.

A winter storm watch was issued for Mitchell, Yancey, Haywood, Madison, Graham and Swain counties in western North Carolina from midnight through noon Wednesday because of the potential for accumulating snowfall late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Papay said there could be 3" to 4" of snow in the areas under the watch by mid-morning Wednesday, but elsewhere in the mountains, the snowfall will be limited to an inch or less.

While most areas will not see much accumulation of snow, Papay said with the cold air and the mix of snow showers, roads could stay slick through Wednesday.

If you see ice or winter weather in your area, send your weather photos to iwitness@foxcarolina.com

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