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Rain, snow heading for mountains, foothills

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Heavy rains and some snow showers are expected across the region over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flood Watch in the mountains overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Thursday for the NC Mountains as 3-6 inches of snow is expected to fall.

WBTV Al Conklin has your complete forecast below:

Wednesday:  Rather cloudy and it stays damp, patchy rain will be on the light side.  Another wide range of temperatures across the region, with highs mainly in the 40s for the foothills, rebounding into the upper 50s for the Piedmont, mid 60s in South Carolina, as winds shift from North to South.

Wednesday Evening:  Stays cloudy, damp and cold, rain chances ramp back up as we head toward Thursday. Lows in the mid to upper 40s.

Wet system coming out of the Gulf of Mexico will spread rain back into the region late tonight, but it really picks up Thursday.  1 to 2 inches of rain is expected across the Piedmont and foothills Thursday, 2 to 3 inches in the mountains, where a flood watch remains in effect.

Rain changes to snow in the mountains Thursday, where a winter storm watch is out through Thursday night.  S

now will start first in the highest elevations, then work down to the valley floors, creating a messy situation, as it will fall heavily for several hours.  Right now, a conservative forecast would be for 3-6 inches where most people live, but elevations above 5,000 feet will likely see much more, maybe as much as a foot.

As colder air sweeps in behind the storm Thursday, it is likely some of the snow will make it out into the foothills, especially along and north of I-40, where it will probably accumulate Thursday afternoon/evening.

And while accumulating snow is unlikely on roads in the metro area, it is entirely possible that some snow may mix in with the rain Thursday afternoon and evening, maybe even changing to all snow for a period.

North to Northeast winds will be quite strong as well Thursday, so with saturated ground and heavy rain ongoing, more trees may come down, perhaps sparking power outages.

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