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Utility crews restored power to thousands of homes and businesses by mid-morning Tuesday, leaving 1,683 customers without power after the winter storm walloped the county with up to 18 inches of snow over the weekend. The number of outages is down from almost 12,000 on Sunday. Duke Energy said those will in the dark would have power by 5 p.m. Friday.

Henderson County schools are closed again Tuesday because of expected impassable secondary roads in some places and refreezing of snow-covered roads overnight. Henderson County and Hendersonville city offices delayed opening on Tuesday to 10 a.m.

Non-emergency offices in Henderson County and the city of Hendersonville and county schools were closed all day on Monday.

Because of the snow and hazardous roadways, "the Henderson County non-emergency local government offices, including Solid Waste, Animal Services and the Henderson County Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday," the county manager's office said. City offices are also closed.

Delivery of emergency services will not be impacted by the closing. If you need emergency information, please call (828) 697-4728 or log onto and click view Emergency Information. If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Schools are closed and Monday is an annual leave day for employees, the school system said.

The NCDOT is not expected to clear secondary roads before Monday, the sheriff's office said.