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Winter storm, bitter wind chills hit western Carolinas

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Snow fell across parts of downtown Asheville overnight. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) Snow fell across parts of downtown Asheville overnight. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A few inches of snow fell in Highlands, NC. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness) A few inches of snow fell in Highlands, NC. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness)
The downed tree along Grand Canyon Road in Inman. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) The downed tree along Grand Canyon Road in Inman. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While a massive snow storm moves through the Northeast, parts of the western Carolinas also saw snow and bitter winds move through overnight.

A winter storm advisory continues for Graham, Swain, Yancey, Mitchell, Madison and Haywood counties until noon Friday. The advisory follows several inches of snowfall and dangerously cold wind chills across the mountains Thursday.

The Upstate will see wind chills in the teens through Friday morning, which will warm into the 30s by the afternoon under sunshine and slowly diminishing winds. The mountains will warm into the 20s with continued windy conditions through Friday evening.

As strong winds and some winter weather moved through the area, there were reports of downed trees and power outages in both the Upstate and the mountains Friday morning.

Duke Energy reported about 2,500 customers without power about 9 a.m. in Greenville, Spartanburg, Henderson, Rutherford and a few other North Carolina counties. Progress Energy also had reports of nearly 2,000 customers without power in the Asheville, Burnsville and Marshall areas.

In the Inman area, there were a few reports of downed trees and power lines, including along Grand Canyon Road, which was closed because of the fallen tree.

While the winter weather will have moved out of the mountains by Friday morning, the winter storm hitting the Midwest and Northeast has been felt in the area.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport's flight tracker shows some arriving and departing flights from airports including Newark, New York LaGuardia and Chicago Midway have been canceled. Click here for more on flight delays, local airport info and more.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with calmer winds and slightly warmer temperatures. The next cold blast comes late Sunday into Monday.

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