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Surprise Snow Fall In Parts Of NC

Snow fell briefly in parts of North Carolina, but didn't linger Saturday after below-freezing temperatures descended on most of the state, breaking at least one record. A reading of 20 degrees in Asheville broke a record of 22 for April 7. The cold front that moved into the state left up to 8 inches of snow in high elevations of Avery County. There was one-and-a-half inches in Asheville, which melted except in shady spots. The Highway Patrol said the snow led to more than 90 accidents in Buncombe and Henderson counties, where road crews spread salt and sand as forecasters called for more cold weather through the weekend. A dusting of snow reached as far east as Cumberland and Vance counties. About point-13 inches of precipitation (a mix of rain and snow) was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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Lows across the central portion of the state Friday night and Saturday morning were in the 20s in many places. The cold weather caused concern among fruit growers and gardeners. The cold also was responsible for cancellation of a Kinston Indians baseball game and snow forced cancellation of a baseball game at Mars Hill College in Madison County.


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