Heavy rains around Western North Carolina and the threat of flooding forced four school systems to close early. Schools were dismissed early in the afternoon in Mitchell, Yancey, Madison and Transylvania Counties. Schools are back on a regular schedule today. The Mitchell County school system had a pre-scheduled teacher work day for today on the calendar. In Yancey County the National Weather service rain gauge for Mount Mitchell recorded 2.4 inches of rain. In Mitchell County a downpour created high waters that covered a small bridge and stranded seven families on Carpenter Island. None of the residents were considered to be in immediate danger as all of the homes are on higher ground. They're just stuck there until the water recedes. The Asheville airport recorded a daily record of 3.28 inches or rain. Typical amounts of rain were from 1 to 3 inches with many totals going over the 4 inch mark. The good weather news is cooler and dryer air for the next few days.