Black Ice Possible Wednesday Night, Major Winter Storm Late Week

STORM #1

Cloudy skies and cold conditions are expected into early Thursday with temperatures in the 20s. Patchy black ice will be a concern through 9am Thursday from the recent light snow. Please use caution if you are traveling.

 

STORM #2

 

MAJOR WINTER STORM THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH  SATURDAY MORNING: This is going to be a major winter storm that will have many impacts across the region. Thursday night through Saturday morning will be treacherous. Heavy rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will impact the entire area.

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CHARLOTTE:

Summary– Clouds will thicken Thursday with a wintry mix of precipitation developing Thursday night. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are all likely. The precipitation will gradually change over to a freezing rain/rain combination for Friday. Icing will be a major concern. Although temperatures may briefly rise above freezing Friday, temperatures will quickly drop below freezing late Friday creating icy conditions once again. As the storm pulls away, freezing rain and sleet will transition to snow Friday night. Most of the moisture will have lifted north of the area, but lingering pockets of light snow are likely Friday night. With cold air in place and a frozen ground, some snow accumulation is likely Friday night into early Saturday. The combination of freezing rain, sleet, and some snow will create dangerous conditions. If at all possible, avoid traveling.

Timing– Wintry mix will develop Thursday night and linger through Saturday morning. During that time frame, there will be many different types of precipitation.

Accumulation– Snow accumulations (mostly Friday night) will range from a half inch to 2 inches. Up to a quarter inch of ice is possible.

Impacts- Dangerous traveling conditions are likely Thursday night through Saturday morning. Traveling is not recommended. Power outages will be a major concern along with downed trees.

 

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FOOTHILLS:

Summary– Clouds will thicken Thursday with snow developing Thursday night. The snow will mix with freezing rain and sleet late Thursday night and Friday morning. The wintry mix will continue throughout the day. Icing will be a major concern. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the day therefore any precipitation that falls will freeze. As the storm pulls away, freezing rain and sleet will transition back to snow late Friday and linger throughout the night. The combination of freezing rain, sleet, and some snow will create dangerous conditions. If at all possible, avoid traveling.

Timing– Snow will develop Thursday night and gradually transition to a snow/sleet/freezing rain combination Friday. Icy conditions are expected throughout the day. The wintry mix will transition back to all snow late Friday and linger into Friday night. The snow will taper off late Friday night.

Accumulation– Snow accumulations will range from 4-8 inches. The heaviest snow totals will be north of I-40 with the lower range snowfall south of I-40. In addition to heavy snow, severe icing may occur. 1/4 to 1/3 inch of ice is possible.

Impacts- Dangerous traveling conditions are likely Thursday night through Saturday morning. Traveling is not recommended. Power outages will be a major concern along with downed trees.

 

MOUNTAINS:

Summary– This will be a MAJOR winter storm for areas at or above 3,500 feet. Snow will develop Thursday night and linger through Friday night. At times, freezing rain or sleet may mix in with the snow. If enough mixing occurs, it will cut down on some of the total snowfall. Even with some mixing factored into the forecast, 12 inches or more of snow seems likely. The combination of heavy snow, some sleet, and some freezing rain will create dangerous driving conditions. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the storm. Snow showers will begin to taper off Saturday morning.

Timing– Snow will develop Thursday night and linger all the way through Saturday morning. Some freezing rain and sleet will mix in with the snow at times, but snow appears to be the dominate type of precipitation.

Accumulation– At this point, 12 inches or more of snow appears likely. If more freezing rain or sleet mixes in than forecast, this will lower snow totals.

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