CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - A winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon Sunday for the southern Piedmont of North Carolina and the northern upstate of South Carolina.
Temperatures range from lows in the single digits to highs in the teens and above.
Black ice is likely. Be prepared for slippery roadways. Some roads that appear clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice.
The heaviest snow fell north of Charlotte with some spots in the foothills receiving 10 inches of snow.
Areas south of Charlotte saw mostly rain and sleet.
The winter storm warning is expected to last until 1 p.m. Saturday. The wind chill for Watauga County will last until 7 p.m. Sunday. It could get less than -5 degrees in Watauga.
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Governor Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency for all the counties in North Carolina Friday morning.
“Our emergency management and transportation crews have been working with local officials throughout the week to make sure we’re prepared and informed about potentially hazardous weather conditions," said Governor Cooper. “Please, do your part by paying attention to the weather forecast, following instructions from local officials and putting safety first.”
Check out Nick Kosir's winter storm breakdown from Jan. 7, 2017
THE BAD NEWS
Roads will be mostly snow covered Saturday morning and will improve into the afternoon.
Temperatures will drop like a rock as arctic air moves in Saturday night. That will create subzero wind chills in the mountains.
Any roads that are wet Saturday night will be covered in black ice by Sunday morning.
Black ice is expected Monday and Tuesday morning as well.
Meteorologist Nick Kosir says, "The snow will melt on the roads throughout the day on Saturday and temps will drop into the 20s and teen Sunday morning. A refreeze of that moisture is very likely with black ice being a main concern."
THE GOOD NEWS
The system is expected to clear out QUICKLY and the sun will be out for the second half of the day Saturday.
Snow on the roads should melt and at that point the roads will just be wet.
Forecasters say the winter storm system could blanket much of the South with a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow.
Even parts of the deep South -- including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama -- were bracing for the possibility of snow by Friday.
ROAD PREPS TO BEGIN
Charlotte Department of Transportation crews started salt brining streets Thursday.
The CityLYNX Gold Line ended operation at 10 p.m. Friday and will be suspended for Saturday. For the latest updates, click here.
CDOT will target salt brining on:
- Bridges & culverts on City streets, and selected NCDOT streets
- Hospital entrances
- Major & minor thoroughfares, and CATS bus routes
- Emergencies that are called in
NCDOT staff in Division 10, which includes Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties, will place brine on the major highways including I-77, I-85, I-485, U.S. 74 and other high-volume highways.
NCDOT forces in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, will place brine on the division’s primary and “bare pavement” routes. This includes interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes, and other highly traveled roads for snow and ice removal.
NCDOT says crews will continue to monitor the forecast and will change or update response as needed.
Mecklenburg County EMS says they have 61 gallons of Ice Melt, 192 cans of windshield deicer and 100 agency vehicles ready to respond.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) crews in all 46 counties are preparing snow and ice removal equipment. Crews in the upstate counties will begin pretreating interstates and major routes with a salt mixture beginning Thursday, January 5. Crews in the Midlands and Pee Dee counties will begin pretreating on Friday, January 6.
All SCDOT Maintenance units are stocked with salt, sand, brine and other materials used in de-icing operations.
SCDOT urges motorists to slow down and use caution at all times, particularly during icy conditions. SCDOT also reminds motorists the bridges will ice faster than roadways.
While staying off the roads during snow or ice is the best option, if you must travel, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Slow down. Excessive speed is the number one cause of wrecks in winter weather.
- Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution since they accumulate ice first. Do not apply your brakes while on a bridge.
- Intersections where traffic signals are out should be treated as a four-way stop.
- Clear as much snow and ice from your vehicle as possible to keep it from blowing off and obstructing your view or hitting other vehicles.
- Drive smoothly without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.
Watch Good Day Charlotte starting at 5 a.m. Saturday for the latest before heading out the door.
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