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Arctic blast moves into Upstate, Western NC ahead of Christmas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A strong arctic cold front is moving across the United States, which means Christmas in the Upstate and Western North Carolina will feel a little cooler this year.

Due to rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning, there is a Winter Weather Advisory for Transylvania, Yancy, Mitchell and Rutherford counties from Wednesday at 7 p.m. to Thursday at 9 a.m.

The scattered rain that will be around Thursday should be moving out by the afternoon, which significantly decreases the chances of a white Christmas in the Upstate.

The arctic blast will make its way through the area Thursday night into Friday morning. The front will bring in some rain, so snowfall is expected in the higher elevations of North Carolina.


Temperature highs will be near or below freezing with lows in the teens on Christmas Eve.

The wind chill that morning will make it feel like zero degrees.

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It will be a sunny Christmas with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens. The wind chill on Christmas day will make it feel colder outside, but not as cold as Christmas Eve.

For the latest updates, visit wspa.com!

*Note: Due to extremely cold temperatures, it is important to bring animals and plants inside and prepare pipes.

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