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Freezing rain, ice in the forecast

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Warnings and advisories remain in effect Sunday morning as the threat of freezing rain and ice continues for many counties in the WBTV viewing area.

"Freezing rain forms when temperatures are below freezing at cloud level, so the precipitation starts out as snow.  As that flake falls further, if it encounters a deep layer of warm air, it melts.  Then it must fall through another shallow layer of cold air.  It leads to super cooled water droplets, or liquid water that has a temperature below freezing.  When it makes contact with a cold surface, it will freeze, and a layer of ice could form."

The areas of most concern are along the I-40 corridor and areas northward, where as much as 0.25" of ice could accumulate.  That could cause dangerous travel conditions or even power outages.

The changeover from liquid rain to freezing rain would likely be after midnight Sunday morning.

This system has brought significant winter precipitation as far south as Texas.

Some models are forecasting a brief changeover to winter precipitation as far south as Mecklenburg county.  In Charlotte, the window for winter weather would be much shorter than areas to the north, and we'll likely see a cold rain.

The WBTV First Alert Weather team is watching the system closely and will continue to update you on air and online.

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