Up to 6 inches of snow expected in North Carolina mountains

Spring started this week but there is still plenty of winter in North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for 10 counties in western and northwestern North Carolina. A winter weather advisory is in effect for 28 counties in northern and central North Carolina.

Forecasters say up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow is expected around Boone. UP to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow is possible in Asheville. One 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow was forecast from Winston-Salem to Durham.

The snowfall prompted schools to close in a number of counties. Other schools planned to open later than usual. Ashe County Schools, Avery County Schools and Watauga County Schools were closed for students. It was an optional teacher workday in Watauga County. 

Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools operated on a 2-hour delay Wednesday morning. Areas like Jefferson and Boone could see up to 3-5" of snow, while areas like Morganton and Hickory could see anywhere from flurries to 2" of snow. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.