BOONE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel Meteorologist with a track record for showing up during major storms, announced on Twitter that he's in Boone, North Carolina where a 'potentially historic' December snow event is well underway.
Cantore said 9 inches have been reported across parts of Watauga County including the Boone area. He said 16 inches is the highest December single day total on record and this system has all of that - and then some in it. Thousands are without power Sunday.
Over 140,000 customers in North Carolina are without power as of 9 a.m. ET Sunday as snow and freezing precipitation continue to fall, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
The majority of the power outages are in North Carolina, where the highest amounts of snowfall are expected to fall. The National Weather Service said that more than a foot of snow is possible from North Carolina into south-central Virginia.
NC Emergency Management said that the threat of ice and freezing rain increased Sunday, especially along the Interstate 85 corridor. There is now a "high probability" of widespread power outages.
As of Sunday morning, these are the predicted snow/sleet accumulations:
• 12”-18” for the Mountains and Foothills
• 8”-12” across Morganton, Hickory, & Statesville
• 4"- 8" for Lincolnton, Salisbury & Shelby
• 2"- 4" near Uptown Charlotte, Concord, & Gastonia
• A dusting to 2" from South Charlotte to Chester, Monroe, Wadesboro
Stick with FOX 46 Charlotte's Neighborhood Storm Watch Team throughout the day!