Winter Weather Alerts Across the Charlotte Region: Icy Issues Possible

The same system bringing snow and ice to Texas and Louisiana will move into the Carolinas overnight tonight. Although, our impacts will not be as extreme – parts of the region that do get freezing rain could deal with an accumulation of ice that would lead to power outages, slippery roads, and downed trees. Wintry weather will begin late Wednesday evening with conditions quickly deteriorating Thursday morning especially north of the I-40 corridor. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect across the Mountains, Foothills, and Northern Piedmont through 7 pm Thursday. This is where impacts will be greatest and ice accumulation will be above .25”.  Winter Weather Advisories go into effect through Friday at 7 am. Showers will taper off mid-morning Friday.

N of I-40

Snow will begin after 9 pm across the mountains and quickly transition to a sleet/freezing rain mix after midnight. Ice accumulations of .25-.5″ will be possible for the mountains in addition to 1-2″ of sleet/snow. For the foothills into the I-40 corridor, .2-.4″ of ice will be possible. Any ice accumulation will put weight on powerlines and trees and could easily cause power outages. Breezy conditions are also likely, which could increase this threat.
Problem index: Scattered (numerous the closer to Virginia you get)

I-40 to I-85 Sandwich

For areas north of I-85, a glaze to .2″ will be possible the closer we get to the I-40 corridor. Charlotte will be on the border of this changeover with temperatures remaining in the 30s throughout the day Thursday, this will lead to a changeover back to cold rain. In the morning, take it slow as elevated surfaces, like bridges, overpasses, or even sidewalks will likely have icy spots.
Problem index: Isolated.

S of I-85

Rain will keep things cold and damp through the day for areas not dealing with the ice with 3/4-1.5″ of rainfall possible.

Problem index: Not much, but not safe to say zero.


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