Major Ice Event coming to Charlotte area, Snow in the Mountains

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Forecast models are showing a major ice event is likely to hit the Charlotte area all day Friday, beginning at about 3 or 4 a.m. Models show the area could get anywhere to a quarter to a half an inch of ice.

The Charlotte area could get about a quarter inch of ice, with Hickory, Lincolnton and Salisbury getting closer to a half inch of ice. Ice accumulation like this could cause wide spread power outages and bring down trees limbs. Ice on the roads would make for dangerous driving conditions.

As for snow totals, the mountains could get 2 or 3 feet of snow. The Charlotte area could see 1 to 3 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service has issued either winter storm warnings or advisories for 56 counties across the northern half of the state.

Forecasters are also concerned about the possibility of flooding along the Tar and Neuse river basins over the weekend. Rainfall has been above normal since October, increasing the chances for runoff into streams.

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