Winter Storm Warning in effect as snow accumulates across NC

- A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of the FOX 46 viewing area until midday Saturday. Many places in the Mountain and Foothills have already picked up significant amounts of snow today.

Affected counties include:

  • Avery
  • Alexander
  • Iredell
  • Catawba
  • Rowan
  • Caldwell
  • Burke

The snow has started to accumulate in areas just northwest of Charlotte. Morganton, Lenior, Hickory, and Statesville have all seen over three inches with even more in the mountains. Sugar Mountain picked up 5 inches and Jonas Ridge saw 6.4 inches with light accumulations still expected overnight in these areas. 

As for Charlotte most of our precipitation has been rain with sleet mixing in. A few spots just north of Charlotte from Huntersville to Mooresville picked up around an inch with the same amounts of snow over to the  Linclonton area. 

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Precipitation will start to wind down a bit and could even take a break around midnight. One last chance for light snow will come back through Saturday morning, but this band looks very light. This second band would likely bring less than an inch of snow, but even Charlotte has a chance at some of this snow Saturday morning. 

Lows tonight will drop into the low 30s with highs Saturday staying in the low 40s. Snow showers will end late tomorrow morning with skies clearing in the afternoon. 

The best opportunity of most locations to see snowfall will come during the overnight hours and into Saturday morning. As the colder air sinks into the region, watch for the flakes to start mixing in.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Check the list to see if your school is affected

Avery and Watauga County Schools issued a preemptive strike, closing for the day due to weather. Hickory Public Schools, Caldwell County Schools and Iredell County Schools dismissed early Friday due to weather.

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