Winter storm to hit the Carolinas this weekend: Here's what to expect

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FOX 46 Charlotte 

A quiet period of weather is on tap through Friday before the much-discussed winter storm impacts the Charlotte area this weekend.

Here's what we're expecting at this point: (still subject to change)

Rain with some snow mix begins around lunchtime Saturday, and continues to overspread the region from the southwest through the rest of the day and night.

The heaviest of the precipitation comes Sunday morning through late afternoon. This will be in the form of mainly snow in the mountains (with some sleet/freezing rain at times), and a wintry mix of sleet, snow and rain through the Charlotte metro and upstate South Carolina. 

It's still looking like more of a cold rain across our southeastern counties.

Related: Odds remain high for major winter storm this weekend, forecasters say

It's still a little too early to nail down totals, but snow amounts around a foot (or even more) are a good possibility in the mountains through Monday. A couple of inches may pile up near the Charlotte area as well, along with some icy accumulation.

  • Rain or snow will linger through Monday afternoon before tapering off early Tuesday. 
  • Plan now for difficult travel and power outages, mainly Sunday through Tuesday morning.

Keep checking in with the Neighborhood Storm Watch team for the latest!