RALEIGH, N.C. — Up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible in the mountains of western North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for six counties from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters say up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible around Boone, Banner Elk and Mars Hill by Tuesday morning. Forecasters say isolated amounts of 5 inches (13 centimeters) of snowfall are possible.

Forecasters say wind gusts could reach as high as 50 mph (80 kph) late Monday night and early Tuesday.

Wind chill readings as low as -5 degrees (-21 Celsius) are possible in the area.

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