BLOG: Winter Storm Warning expires across area

Al Conklin & Lyndsay Tapases Forecast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The bulk of the precipitation has ended, and area-wide we have been left with snow and sleet covered roadways. This has led to slushy and icy spots that will make for a slippery go this Tuesday morning. Use caution on the roads during the early morning hours.

The trend of more sleet than freezing rain for the greater Charlotte area continued through the remainder of the overnight hours. As a result, this morning many of us are waking up to sleet covered roadways with a dusting of snow on top that have led to a slushy start.

The Upstate of South Carolina saw more rain and freezing rain, but fortunately, it appears at this time that power outages have been kept to a minimum. Although the Winter Storm Warning has expired for our North Carolina counties, the Ice Storm Warning for Lancaster and Chesterfield counties in SC continues through 7AM.

Temperatures will hold in the 30s all afternoon long, however they will be above freezing. Breaks of sun will also develop, meaning melting will begin to occur around mid-morning.

Now that our winter storm is wrapping up, our attention will need to turn to the brutal blast of cold air settling in for later on this week. A record-breaking cold shot of air, the coldest we've seen this season, moves in for Wednesday through Friday.

Lows the next several nights will be well below freezing, so any daytime melting that occurs and leaves moisture on the roads will ice back over each night. Tonight we dip down into the lower 20s, then highs hold in the 30s tomorrow afternoon. High temperatures Thursday don't get out of the mid 20s before dipping into the single digits Thursday night into Friday morning, both of which should break records.

Keep an eye on your pets and pipes this week, especially once temps dip below freezing beginning Wednesday night and lasting right through Saturday when they finally come up above freezing again.

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

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