Winter storm moves into the Carolinas

A winter storm is moving into North and South Carolina, possibly dumping more than a foot of snow on the northern mountains.

The National Weather Service predicts a mixture of rain, sleet and snow will spread northeastward this morning, with heavy snow likely in western North Carolina starting in the afternoon.

A cold rain is forecast for Greenville and Spartanburg, with a possibility of a rain-sleet mix and overnight flurries. Parts of northwestern South Carolina could see up to 3 inches of sleet and snow.

In North Carolina, Asheville could receive up to 8 inches of snow by Saturday night, while areas around Greensboro could get 5 inches. The Charlotte and Raleigh areas could see some light accumulation.

Forecasters say the extra rain and melting snow could cause rivers to flood over the next several days.

All 469 miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is closed until after the storm.