Winter Storm Warning in effect for Charlotte, surrounding counties

- A winter storm warning is in effect for Charlotte and surrounding counties until 2 p.m. Wednesday.

All eyes to the skies as we watch a winter weather system move in from the west. The mountains will see snow first. The snow could start as early as 6 p.m. and could last through early Wednesday morning. Accumulations between 1-2" are expected.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the following counties: Avery, Caldwell, Burke, Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Iredell, Mecklenburg, York, Chester, Cabarrus, and Rowan. However, due to temperatures hovering around 50 degrees Tuesday afternoon, the ground and air temperatures will be a bit too warm to sustain snowfall accumulation at the onset. Thus, many neighborhoods across the piedmont and foothills will be dealing with rain after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

There will be a gradual change to winter weather between midnight and 4 a.m. During that time, a mix of rain, snow, and possibly sleet will continue. The switch to all snow will occur around 6 a.m. and will last through noon. Accumulations between a dusting and 2 inches are possible.       

A winter storm warning has been issued for the following counties: Stanly, Anson, Union, Richmond, Chesterfield, and Lancaster. Neighborhoods in these counties will be dealing with rain through 7 a.m. before switching over to snow. The snow could last through Wednesday afternoon, increasing accumulations. Temperatures will hover around freezing for Wednesday. Expect 1-3 inches of snow and slick roads. 

Black ice will be a concern Wednesday and Thursday. During the event, arctic air will push in. Even areas that see more rain than snow could see freezing on the roads. Temperatures will be near freezing Wednesday afternoon which isn’t conducive for melting snow and ice. Overnight into Thursday morning, temperatures will fall to the teens which could prompt a refreeze of Wednesday’s rain and snow accumulations.     

For the foothills and northern piedmont, rain will begin after 9 p.m. and could switch over to snow by midnight. The snow will continue through early Wednesday morning. Expect accumulations between 0.5-1".

For the southern piedmont and sandhills, there will likely be rain before any chance of snow. Between 12-4 a.m., there could be a wintry mix consisting of rain, snow, and sleet, before switching over to all snow after 6 a.m. Accumulations will be fairly light ranging from a dusting to 1 inch. 

Thursday morning will be very chilly with temps in the upper teens and low 20s. A refreeze of anything that falls Wednesday is possible. 

Stay safe on the roads! To be ready for winter weather:

  • Dress warmly for the cold. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
  • Keep alternative heating sources and fire extinguishers on hand. Be sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep electric generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Do not burn charcoal or use a grill indoors.
  • Use a NOAA Weather Radio or monitor local news media for changing weather conditions.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
  • If your pipes are uninsulated, keep faucets open to a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep pets inside, out of the cold.
  • Download the ReadyNC app for more winter weather preparedness information.

A number of school districts are either closed or have delayed openings Wednesday. They include: 

  • Anson County Schools: Delayed 2 hours
  • Caldwell County Schools: Closed Tomorrow
  • Catawba County Schools: Closed Tomorrow
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Closed Tomorrow
  • Chesterfield County Schools Closed Tomorrow
  • Hickory Public Schools: Closed Tomorrow
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools: Delayed 2 hours
  • Lake Norman Charter School: Closed Tomorrow
  • Newton-Conover City Schools: Closed Tomorrow; Optional Teacher Workday
  • Richmond County Schools: Delayed 2 hours
  • Rock Hill Schools: Closed Tomorrow
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools: Delayed 2 hours
  • Stanly County Schools: Delayed 2 hours
  • Union County Schools: Delayed 2 hours

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