System to bring rain, snow in the mountains Thursday evening

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Who’s ready for the second round? Another rapid system sweeps through the Carolinas Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing another batch of rain and snow with it. While the vast majority of snow will remain in our High Country, some winter precipitation could reach the Foothills and northern Piedmont. Here’s what to expect by region.

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WHAT TO EXPECT:

Much of it should be a snowy event for our mountains, but communities around 3000 ′ can see a bit of winter mixing starting as the humidity moves around 5 p.m. Thursday. All High Country locations are expected to see snow by 7:00 PM. Snowfall rates will be modest, but some heavy pockets could dump up to an inch per hour before dark. The snow will gradually cease from the southwest to the northeast before sunrise, although northwesterly traffic could result in flurries until 7:00 a.m. Friday. Snow totals will reach around 1-3 ″, with locally higher amounts up to 6 ″ possible.

IMPACTS:

Temperatures will stay below freezing shortly after the precipitation begins, so black ice shouldn’t be a problem waking up on Friday morning. That said, areas that have not been treated or maintained by NCDOT teams will be slippery. Freezing cold sets in on Friday morning as temperatures drop in the teenage years. Keep in mind that road treatment is only effective above 18 °. Expect the highs to only reach the mid-20s on Friday afternoon. While it is windy with gusts approaching 30mph, the good news is that damaging / outage-causing winds are unlikely to be a problem.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Sorry, snow lover! It probably won’t be the system for you. That said, you might get a little glimpse of the winter weather to keep you up to date until next time. Much like last Monday’s storm, you’ll see rain starting things near sunset Thursday night. The rain will continue for the next few hours before decreasing from west to east at midnight. With temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s, conditions will not support widespread winter weather. However, a very wet winter mix cannot be ruled out, especially as the cold air coils around the back of the system. No accumulation is in the forecast.

IMPACTS:

Unlike our last system, strong winds will not be a problem. This is good news for us, as approximately 200,000 customers were without power in North Carolina at any given time on Monday. The roads will be wet overnight and with temperatures approaching freezing on Friday morning, black ice is entirely possible. Take it easy on the roads for your Friday morning commute.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Rain, rain and more rain. With temperatures in the mid 40’s, it will be quite difficult to see anything winter in the Charlotte area. Scattered showers will begin shortly after sunset and continue on and off before diminishing from west to east in the wee hours of Friday morning. Some spots south of the metro may be limited to a few isolated showers or nothing at all. A snow show or two is possible north and east of Queen City as the rain recedes, but no accumulation is expected.

IMPACTS:

The biggest story for many of us in the subway will be the cold air. With a few spots waking up in the 20s on Friday morning, patchy black ice could form in areas that don’t dry out completely overnight. Major impacts are not expected, but drive carefully and watch your speed.

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