Winter Weather Update: Timeline and Totals for Friday

 

Winter Weather Advisory in effect tonight ahead of more snow with a winter storm warning for elevations above 3500′. Forecast remains on track with colder air trailing behind a boundary this evening. Temps will reach the upper 40s to lower 50s this afternoon before falling quickly tonight. There will be a quick transition between rain to snow outside of the mountains. Unlike last week’s winter storm where the cold air was already in place and powdery snow stacked up quickly, the snowflakes will be larger with some initial melting cutting into totals. Snow will begin after sunset across the Piedmont and taper off shortly after midnight.  An inch to tops two inches east of I-77 will be possible outside of the mountains with 2-4″+ for the highest elevations. Just a reminder even an inch of snow or slush will make things slick. It will be blustery Saturday with winds out of the northwest 15-20 mph and gusts 30-40 mph making it feel like the teens and 20s for most of the day. We’ll see some melting Saturday, so icy spots will be possible as temps fall back below freezing overnight.

TIMELINE: 

Mountains: Snow 3pm – 3am
Foothills to Piedmont: Rain to Snow 6pm – 3am

TOTALS:

Mountains: 2-4″ (up to 6″ above 4000′)
Northern Foothills: 1-2″
Piedmont & Foothills: Up to 1″
Piedmont East of I-77: 1-2″

IMPACTS:

Slick travel Fri PM – Sat AM
Black Ice Sunday AM
Sub-Freezing Wind Chills Saturday