Dangerous Cold & Gusty Winds Spill Across The Region Friday

A powerful winter storm will send dangerously cold temperatures to the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, NC (WCCB) — A powerful winter storm will send dangerously cold temperatures to the Carolinas. The frigid air will quickly spill into the region Friday morning with gusty winds and subzero wind chills. It is possible we do not get above freezing for 52 hours in Charlotte. From 8 AM Friday until 1 PM Sunday.  Due to this polar plunge, there are multiple alerts in effect:

ALERTS:

Mountains:

  • High Wind Warning in effect for the Mountains from Friday at 3 AM until 10 PM Friday
  • Wind Chill Warning in effect for the Mountains from Friday at 6 AM until Saturday 1 PM. Wind chills as low as -30° are possible. This could result in frostbite or hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Piedmont:

  • Wind Advisory in effect for the Piedmont from 3 AM Friday until 7 PM Friday
  • Wind Chill Advisory in effect for the Piedmont from 7 PM Friday until 9 AM Saturday. Wind chills as low as -5° are possible.

Winter Weather Alerts

FORECAST KEY POINTS:

Mountain:

  • Rain showers transitions to snow late Thursday evening – overnight
  • Snow continues through early Friday morning (1-2” likely with higher amounts above 3,500′)
  • Temperatures plummet overnight going from 34 to 0 between 2 am – 8 am
  • Wind increases overnight with gusts up to 55 mph by Friday morning
  • The coldest temperatures arrive around midnight Saturday morning. Actual temperature of -5 with wind chills around -30.

Piedmont:

  • Overnight widely scattered rain showers
  • Our high temperature on Friday will occur in the morning with temperatures falling quickly through the day
  • Temperatures fall from 45 degrees around 5 am to 25 degrees by 11 am
  • Wind increases overnight with wind gusts up to 40 mph
  • The coldest temperatures arrive early Saturday morning with a low of 10 and wind chills as low as -5.

1ecmwf 9km Wind Chill

PRIMARY THREATS:

  • COLD
  • Wind
  • Frozen Pipes

Winter Storm Threat Map

WHAT’S NEXT:

Temperatures very slowly rise through next week. Highs by next Thursday are back in the 50s.