Winter Weather Advisory: Rain, sleet and snow race toward Charlotte

Drivers, be prepared for slick conditions across the Charlotte area on Thursday. Rain could affect your commute and you could be seeing flurries on your way home. 

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of our neighborhoods starting Thursday morning and going through the evening. The precipitation will begin with a mix of rain and sleet for lower elevation areas. Neighbors in the mountain counties will see some snow starting a little earlier. 

The transition to a wintry mix with more snow will occur throughout the evening with the heaviest period for the Charlotte metro being around 9 p.m. 

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Due to the incoming weather, many schools will be closed Thursday or are doing early dismissal. 

CLOSED

  • Avery County Schools
  • Ashe County Schools
  • Catawba County Schools
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • McDowell County Schools
  • Newton-Conover Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools

EARLY DISMISSAL

  • Alexander County Schools
  • Anson County Schools
  • Caldwell County Schools
  • Cabarrus County Schools 
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Cherokee County Schools
  • Cleveland County Schools 
  • Gaston County Schools 
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Richmond County Schools
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools
  • Stanly County Schools 

As temperatures drop throughout the evening hours, the precipitation will lean more towards snow throughout the I-85 corridor, but the system will be completely east of the area by 11 p.m.

Parts of upstate South Carolina could see a rain/snow mix, then mostly snow before it moves out Thursday night.

There could be accumulation of up to an inch area on grassy surfaces and elevated surfaces down I-77 into the Rock Hill area, with locally higher totals of up to three inches around the Charlotte metro. 

While the precipitation is moving out early Thursday night, there is a chance for overnight refreeze, making your Friday morning commute slick and icy. Sunshine returns Friday morning and will hang around throughout the weekend as temperatures go up. 

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Thursday: 80 percent chance for rain/snow showers. Dusting possible in CLT. Hi: 53 Lo: 35

Friday: Mostly sunny. Hi: 46 Lo: 23 

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Hi: 56 Lo: 24