High wind watch issued for mountain counties

A high wind watch has been issued for our mountain counties. 

The counties affected include Avery, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell and Watagua. The watch begins Thursday night and will go until Saturday morning. 

A high wind watch is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for one hour or more or wind gusts of 58 mph or higher are possible, according to the National Weather Service. 

Stay weather aware!