Slush was forming on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville at about 2 p.m. Monday. / Mark Barrett / email@example.com
ASHEVILLE — Major roads around Buncombe County and other parts of Western North Carolina were largely clear but there may still be some problems on back roads and at higher elevations, officials said shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.
That could change overnight as the low is expected to hit 27 degrees in Asheville, raising the possibility of moisture on some roads freezing.
Dispatchers in Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties said roads appear to be in good shape and they had had few reports of accidents over the past couple of hours.
In Haywood County, roads cleared up some this afternoon but secondary roads in particular may still be slushy or even covered with snow, a dispatcher said.
Automated traffic information showed traffic flowing well along major highways around the region.
Traffic was still moving somewhat slower than usual on U.S. 19-74 around the Haywood-Jackson county line between Waynesville and Sylva, but traffic flow had improved over earlier in the afternoon, when traffic backed up because of snowy conditions. The elevation exceeds 3,200 feet in that area.
Snow largely moved out of WNC during the afternoon, although radar showed some falling in McDowell County late in the afternoon.
The Monday night forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow. There is a 50 percent chance of a wintry mix of rain, snow and freezing rain Tuesday, possibly shifting to all snow late in the afternoon. Asheville’s high is forecast to be 35.