Winter Storm Watch in effect for some NC counties as storm moves in this weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for the mountains, foothills, and all counties along I-40 (including Rowan County) from Saturday evening through Sunday evening. A First Alert Day is also in effect for the same time period.

It still appears as though the majority of Saturday will be mostly cloudy and cold, but generally dry, as we may not even see precipitation break out until the evening hours.

The one exception to that general rule could be in the mountains, where a little bit of snow could start to fall even during the morning hours, though any accumulation during the daylight hours Saturday looks to light.

Beyond that, it’s really late Saturday evening that things begin to unfold, with rain likely falling from the Charlotte Metro southward, and freezing rain likely along/north of I-40. Even in the mountains, we anticipate very little snow with this main wave at this point, as it is primarily going to be freezing rain there as well.

Ice accumulation looks to be generally about .10”-.25″ which is getting close to that critical threshold (.25″+) where we start to see power outages. Either way, some slick roads will be likely so travel is discouraged from about 8pm Saturday to 8am Sunday in these areas. By the rest of Sunday, what’s left of the moisture will change back over to rain as temperatures gradually rise above freezing.

A few sprinkles or flurries could be left into the day on Monday and it will remain chilly with highs in the 40s before we transition to more sunshine with seasonal highs in the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday.

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

First Alert Weather Forecast: Friday 11pm

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