In Haywood County, light snow as the last of winter still hangs on

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We found some light snow in the higher elevations in Haywood County, where winter is hanging on just a little bit longer.

In a community off Ratcliffe Cove Road, probably at a little less than 4,000 feet above sea level, you can see the dusting of snow up here making it look pretty.

But in some spots it's collected, with slush forming on the steep and narrow roads. Residents still need to be careful.

We talked to one man who moved up here a few years ago from New Orleans, and he enjoys this late-winter dusting.

"We love the snow, makes everything look pretty, and as long as we can get out... But then again we're prepared. We don't mind getting stuck. My wife's making a fire right now," said Dan Szpak.

Szpak said the snow started out earlier Monday morning as rain, then changed over to wet snow and flurries.

A local hardware store says some seasonal residents, arriving from Florida and expecting an early spring, were caught off guard.

“Most people are coming out today for of course propane bottles to be filled up, to keep the house warm. A lot of people are here in RV's already. So, they're having to run the furnace keeping that warm,” says Steve Carver, who manages the Waynesville Ace Hardware.

Haywood County schools dismissed at 1 p.m. Monday to be on the safe side. But it did not cost the district a snow day.

Of course, the cold helps the Cataloochee ski area extend its season a little bit longer.

Not much accumulation, but of course many others are ready for spring to arrive in earnest, as it will, officially, on March 20, 2018.