Weekend Storm To Impact The Region

Summary: A storm will approach the area this weekend bringing a wide variety of precipitation to the area. The storm will create slick travel for areas north and west of Charlotte, this is where the best chance for winter weather exists. The storm will quickly move east of the area Sunday.


Timing: Clouds will increase Saturday with just a slight chance for a rain or snow shower.  Best chance will be in the mountains and foothills. Steady precipitation will develop Saturday evening and linger into Sunday morning. The storm will quickly move east of the area by Sunday afternoon with just a few lingering rain or snow showers. Clouds will linger into Monday with mostly clear skies returning to the region Tuesday.


Snow Potential: The best chance for snow will be in the foothills and mountains. Snow totals will remain relatively low because we are expected sleet and freezing rain to mix in with the snow. Snow totals will be the greatest in the mountains and quickly drop off as you drop down in elevation towards I-40. Little if any snow if expected between I-40 and I-85. Areas south and east of I-85 are not expected to see any snow.


Ice Potential: The best chance for freezing rain will be north and west of I-85. Areas between I-85 and I-40 can expect a light glaze of ice, less than .1″. Along I-40 and areas to the north and west could see up to .3″.


Rain potential: This storm will produce between 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain in and around the Charlotte area. With the recent dry conditions, flooding will not be an issue.


Impacts: In and around Charlotte the overall impacts from this storm will be low. Although there may be a brief period of wintry weather Saturday night, temperatures will remain too warm, and the duration of wintry weather is expected to be too short to cause any travel issues. A few isolated slick spots are possible between I-85 and I-40 where temperatures will be closer to freezing. Areas along and north of I-40 will have the greatest potential to see slick roadways because of the cooler temperatures and longer duration of wintry weather. If you are traveling north and west of Charlotte this weekend, allow for extra time and use caution Saturday night into Sunday morning.