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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Whew! That was a surprise.


The unexpectedly prodigious snowstorm left much of the area under a foot of snow or more before finally moving out of the area and giving way to sunny skies on Saturday afternoon.

In Henderson County 5,834 customers remained without power Saturday afternoon and another 9,401 power outages remained in Buncombe, Duke Energy said. A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 7 p.m.

The low overnight Saturday was expected to plunge to 19, meaning slush remaining on roads could freeze, creating hazardous conditions. The high was expected to reach 38 under sunny skies on Sunday and then climb to 48 on Monday.

Forecasters had initially predicted up to 6 inches of snow from the storm that started early Friday but a jet stream moved further north than predicted, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.