The WBTV viewing area will be under a winter storm warning from 4 pm Wednesday until 7 am Thursday.
The winter storm we have been tracking for the past several days is now just hours from hitting the Charlotte area and the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Models are still consistent with this starting as rain this afternoon before quickly switching over to snow around 7-8 pm. This will likely give the Charlotte metro area several hours of heavy snow during the overnight hours into early Thursday morning.
We are forecasting a range of accumulating snow from 5-8 inches.
This is a relatively fast-moving storm system and by 6 am tomorrow, most of the snow will be exiting the Charlotte area.
I do have one forecast concern... and therefore a caveat. Some models continue to advertise a brief switch over from snow back to rain around 1- 2 am in Charlotte and areas to our south. They then have the precip switching back to snow before sunrise Thursday morning.
Looking at a vast majority of the data, I believe this is overdone, but a window of rain during the overnight hours would certainly diminish forecast snow amounts. It's a very fine line with snow/rain line with this system.
Regardless, expect a snowy mess tonight and Thursday morning! Stay home if you can and enjoy a snow day!