Winter Storm Warning issued in NC counties for freezing rain, ice

The first significant winter storm of the season will move in overnight bringing a major freezing rain event in the Mountains and Foothills.

The freezing rain will continue overnight through at least the first half of the day on Thursday. Significant icing up to a half of an inch is possible across this area. This could lead to power outages along with some trees and tree limbs coming down. Travel will be very slick and difficult, take extra precautions to be safe.

While the freezing rain will not impact the Piedmont and Upstate South Carolina, heavy rain will certainly be an issue. Another 2 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected causing flooding to become a bigger issue.

Streams and creeks will be running high. Commutes will be sloppy and slow going on Thursday. Remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.

By Thursday evening the rain/freezing rain threat will move out.

Tonight: Rainfall will gradually pick up overnight with some fairly heavy rain at times. Freezing rain will take over in the Mountains and Foothills, watch for slick conditions on roadways. Low: 36.

Thursday: Heavy AM rain across much of the area in the morning. Freezing rain/wintry mix in the Mountains and Foothills. Precipitation will come to an end during the afternoon/evening hours. High: 41.

Friday: Mostly sunny and milder. High: 54.

Saturday through Tuesday: Looking great with sunny skies and highs in the 50s and 60s.

Counties under a Winter Storm Warning: 

•    Avery 
•    Ashe 
•    Watauga 
•    Burke 
•    Caldwell 

Counties under a Winter Weather Advisory: 
•    Burke 
•    Caldwell 
•    Alexander 

Most of the area is under a Flash Flood Watch until Thursday evening.