No harm seen from winter weather
Caldwell County residents could see a mix of rain, sleet and snow before noon, but it isn't expected to stick around long, according to the National Weather Service.
If snow or sleet accumulates it might reach almost an inch in the grass, but temperatures above freezing -- the predicted high is nearly 40 degrees, should keep roads clear, NWS meteorologist Scott Krentz said.
Wind could be a larger hazard. Gusts up to 34 mph are expected, which because of water-saturated soil could bring down trees and power lines, said Renee Whitener, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., Caldwell County's main power provider.
A flood watch is in effect through 10 a.m. Between 6 p.m. Monday and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Lenoir received about a quarter inch of rain. Residents living near the Avery County line saw between one-tenth and one-fourth inch of ice, which downed some trees, Krentz said.
Today should be the last of the wintry weather for now as the tail end of the winter's first storm moves off the East Coast.