A winter storm passing through the state was expected to bring heavy snow Monday and today to high mountain elevations and strong winds to Coastal Plain counties.

For Caldwell County and the rest of the state, other than the rain the storm dropped its only lasting effect will be cooler weather, with low temperatures the next few days in the 20s and 30s, and high temperatures in the 50s.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 4 p.m. today for Ashe and Watauga counties and a winter storm warning for higher elevations in most counties along the Tennessee/North Carolina border through noon today. Snow accumulations of 6-10 inches were possible in the highest elevations, and 1-2 inches at lower elevations.

The National Weather Served warned that the strong low pressure system that drove the storm would generate gusts near 50 mph in eastern North Carolina and eight-foot waves at the coast.

A photo posted to Facebook by the N.C. Department of Transportation showed that high ocean waves had covered N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy in the Diamond Shoals area off the Outer Banks recorded waves nearing 16 feet around 11 a.m. Monday.

Coastal flood advisories expired Monday evening for most of the North Carolina coast but will last until 11 today for the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.