A week into spring and snow is falling in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. The National Weather Service reported light snow was falling Monday morning from Boone to Jefferson and as far east as Mount Airy.
Forecasters also said at least half of North Carolina could see several hours of freezing temperatures that could threaten crops Monday night and early Tuesday. The forecast also called for a frost across the region.
The freeze watch includes at least 55 counties and extends from Charlotte east to Jacksonville and north to Roanoke Rapids.
Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s, with the coldest temperatures in rural areas.
The weather service recommends taking steps to protect tender vegetation.