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BLOG: Watching temperatures closely with major storm on Charlotte's doorstep

We've been waiting for it… Now it's just on our doorstep.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain have been reported as close as Greenville/ Spartanburg, SC. Snow is also falling back toward northern Georgia and Alabama.

As of now, temperatures are well above freezing. It's around 40 in Charlotte but that should be falling through the next several hours. We could see this begin as rain this evening before changing over to snow.

Here's the big question right now: What will the temperature be? It isn't just a matter of what the temperature is at the surface. It also matters what the temperature is above the surface. If just a little warm air moves in up there, that could change up everything. We're fairly sure areas to the north of Charlotte will see an all snow event. 

We have the most confidence in the totals for the foothills and mountains. The question will be how far north the warm air makes it. Our SC counties, as always, have the best chance of warm air limiting snowfall totals. Will the milder air make it as far north as Charlotte? It's a possibility. We're talking about a difference of 1-2°. There's a lot riding on those 1-2°. 

As of now, here's what we're thinking…

  • Charlotte Metro: 5-8"

  • Foothills: 4-6"

  • Southeast of Charlotte & SC Upstate: 3-5"

  • Mountains: 4-8"

  • I-85 from Rowan County north/east: 5-7"+

If you do start to see snow… or anything else, let us know! Hey, why not tweet a picture while you're at it and tag #snoWBTV! You may also email your picture to sendit@wbtv.com or post on our Facebook page. Please let us know your location so we can keep track of what's happening where. 

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