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Chance of weekend snow in the mix

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Come Saturday afternoon, a few flurries could fall across the Carolinas.  In order to see it, there are a few obstacles we must overcome. 

First, we need cold temperatures.  In the mountains, that won't be a problem, but in the Piedmont, temperatures may not be quite cold enough and it's possible we end up with a very cold rain.  Highs tomorrow are forecast to climb into the low 40s, but then will drop throughout the afternoon and evening.

Next, we require moisture.  The farther east, the higher the moisture levels.  Areas east of Raleigh are much more likely to see snow than the western Piedmont.  Northwesterly winds will bring downslope flow from the mountains, bringing drier air in, especially to areas west of Charlotte.

This is not a setup that would typically bring large amounts of snow to our area.  Our typical snow-producing system comes in from the Southwest, carrying plentiful Gulf moisture.   Snow would be a good bet if an arctic front had moved in ahead of that system and cold air was already in place.

What we do have is a low off the coast, that just may manage to bring enough wraparound moisture to produce a few flurries late Saturday. 

Even if it's rain and not snow that falls, as temperatures plummet into Sunday morning, there may be some slick spots on the roadways.

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