Winter Storm Watch: Charlotte could see 4 to 8 inches of snow, sleet

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The Charlotte area could see four to eight inches of snow and sleet over the weekend, as the winter storm moves in. 

FOX 46 Meteorologist Tara Lane says there is a potential for snowy buildup with sleet mixed in for the Charlotte area, and up to a foot of this wintry mix or even more could be seen in the mountain counties and areas of higher elevation.

Areas such as Hickory, northern Catawba County, Statesville and northern Iredell County may see higher accumulations of the snow and sleet. 

Mountain counties counties will likely see around a foot or even more of snow through Monday. As of Thursday night, it looks like: 

  • 6"- 10" for Lincolnton, Mooresville, Salisbury area
  • 4"- 8" in Charlotte Metro area
  • A dusting, possibly 3"- 4" in more southern counties, along the SC border and in northern SC

Northern SC counties will have more threat of icy accumulation and slick roads during the winter storm rather than snow, so be careful if driving from Saturday evening into Monday morning. Even further south and east, there is higher likelihood for cold rain. 

The northern and western counties of our area will see more snow than ice, but the Charlotte metro area is expected to see a mix of both. 

The winter storm watch for several counties in our area will extend from Saturday night into Monday and possibly Tuesday morning. While Saturday morning looks dry, the rest of the weekend looks wet, snowy and slick. 

There is a possibility of lingering snow and showers that could last into early Tuesday.


  • 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.