Concern for freezing rain this weekend

Concern for freezing rain this weekend
Much of what falls will reach the ground as rain. In places where the surface temperature is below freezing, yes, that will result in freezing rain.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Saturday will be a cool one. Highs only make it to the mid 40s. There could be a few passing showers for most of us. The mountains could pick up a few snow showers. However, the main concern for winter weather will hold off until this evening.

Later this evening and tonight, heavier precipitation will begin to move in. It could be heavy at times overnight. There is relatively warm air moving in above the earth’s surface.

That means much of what falls will reach the ground as rain. In places where the surface temperature is below freezing, yes, that will result in freezing rain.

The highest accumulations of it will be in the mountains, where the temperatures will be the coldest. There should also be some in the foothills.

More than a quarter inch is possible in some spots. That could obviously cause problems on the roads and on trees and power lines. There is a Winter Storm Warning for those places.

For Charlotte and areas farther south, the temperatures will be close to, if not above freezing. That will mean a lower – but not zero chance for freezing rain.

There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for those places. Ice accumulation is likely to be less than a tenth of an inch and mainly on elevated surfaces.

Be extra careful when travelling late tonight or early on Sunday morning.

The good news is that the rain shouldn’t last far into the morning on Sunday. The temperatures will also be above freezing for just about everyone during the day. That should allow for it to all melt.

Have a good Saturday!

Meteorologist Leigh Brock

First Alert Forecast: Saturday 8am

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