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Another major cold blast headed for Carolinas

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The wind picked up and the snow fell in the mountains Tuesday, as a strong cold front approached. 

The Upstate should remain dry, but the mountains will get scattered snow showers, with heavy snow is likely near the Tennessee border.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said scattered rain and a snow showers will start around lunchtime and turn to snow by mid-afternoon. FOX Carolina Radar 3D showed a snow and rain mix falling across the parts of the mountains. The Tennessee border could see 3 to 6 inches of snow, with less accumulation in lower elevations.

Several mountain counties are under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday as up to 6 inches of snow could fall in the higher elevations. Additional counties are under a wind chill advisory as well.

All of western North Carolina should keep an eye out for black ice before the end of the day. Temperatures will start to fall around lunchtime Tuesday while the winds will pick up to speeds of 17 to 22 mph, with gusts up to 34 mph, according to Papay.

Tuesday night will be frigid area-wide. The winds will calm down, and temperatures will drop fast. Lows will cool to around 17 in the Upstate and 9 for the mountains. Papay said there will be a wind chill factor near 0 overnight.

While the low temperatures are not forecast to break any records for the date - the record low for the Upstate is 3 degrees and the mountains is 0 - people are reminded to bundle up, make sure their pets are kept warm, and to protect their pipes.

Another cold front pushes in for Thursday, and that will keep the unseasonably cold air entrenched across the Carolinas and Georgia.

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