Meteorologists Leigh Brock, Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Wind advisory in effect for Avery, Ashe and Watauga Counties
The highest elevations - over 2,500 ft will see very high winds tonight and Sunday morning. Winds will be 15-30 mph, with 50+ mph gusts.
For the rest of us, temperatures will be a bigger story tonight.
After a cold Friday and a cool Saturday, Sunday's high will shoot up into the 60s before a cold front passes through.
We will likely stay in the mid-50s most of the night. We will climb to the 60s in the afternoon.
Rain will be an issue for the mountains and foothills the first half of the day. Then it will make progress east.
Closer to the Charlotte area, we will see rain chances go up from mid-day, on. It could be heavy at times and we could even see a thunderstorm in spots.
Temperatures will begin to fall in the late afternoon to evening hours behind the front.
Monday will carry a 30% chance of showers - based on how close the front stalls to our southeast. Highs will only make it to the low 40s.
We will stay in the 40s on Tuesday and make it to the 50s on Wednesday. The next best chance for rain arrives on Thursday.
- Meteorologists Leigh Brock
Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases, Saturday 9:30 a.m.
Slick roads have led to numerous overnight accidents; freezing rain advisory extended until 11a.m.
Slick conditions this morning will last through the mid-morning hours, as temperatures continue to struggle to climb above freezing.
Over 120 accidents occurred overnight and are still being reported this morning due to the slick roads. Even though the amount of ice was very light, it only takes a tiny bit to lead to dangerous driving conditions.
There is little to no additional freezing rain forecast at this point, but there could still be some freezing drizzle or freezing fog until the temperatures finally climb above the 32° mark.
The freezing rain advisory was set to expire at 9a.m. for most areas, but it has been extended until 11a.m. for several counties. This includes the Charlotte metro, as it may take longer for these areas to come up above freezing and the roads to start to thaw out.
Remember you can check the current temperature on your WBTV weather app before you leave the house, and you may want to wait to do so until that number rises above freezing.
For most areas this will happen by 11a.m., and certainly by lunch time we will be in much better shape.
Until then, it's probably best to just stay put if you can and please exercise extreme caution if you must travel this morning.
- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases
Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas, Friday 11:30 p.m.
Patchy drizzle is rolling over the WBTV viewing area as we roll into the 11pm hour.
Expect this trend to continue overnight. There is not a single community above freezing right now and the official temperature in Charlotte remains locked in at 31 degrees.
Travel is no recommended overnight, but if necessary, be especially careful on untreated roads along with bridges and overpasses.
A Freezing Rain Advisory remains in effect overnight until 9:00am Saturday morning at which point temperatures should begin rising above freezing.
At no point are we expecting a full blown ice storm where power outages could become an issue.
Stay warm, stay safe and stay with us at WBTV on the air, on line, and on your smart phone with the WBTV Weather App!
- Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas
Meteorologist Chris Larson, Friday 1:45 p.m.
It’s a gray and raw Friday afternoon.
At 1 pm the temperature in Charlotte was still only 29 degrees. A few breaks in the overcast cloud cover this afternoon… and we should still be able to climb into the 30’s.
We still have a chance for freezing rain in the forecast overnight and into Saturday morning. This is NOT a major freezing rain event. The nature will be for spotty freezing rain before sunrise… with temps warming fairly rapidly after the sun comes up. Forecast highs are for the lower 50’s Saturday afternoon… and again the rain chances remain at 40% for a few showers.
It’s even warmer and much wetter by Sunday. Temps ahead of our front on Sunday will take us into the mid-sixties. And along the front, we will likely see a few thunderstorms.
And behind the front and heading back to work next week it will be much colder once again. Expect overnight lows down near the freezing mark… and afternoon highs Monday only in the forties.
The First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated as the latest model data comes in this afternoon.
Have a safe and a great weekend.
- Meteorologist Chris Larson
Meteorologist Al Conklin, Friday 8:50 a.m.
Not as cold this morning, but don’t let your guard down
A persistent breeze and a veil of high clouds over the WBTV viewing area Friday morning helped keep daybreak readings from dropping quite as low as model data suggested they would, but I doubt many folks are complaining about that reality. Those same clouds will tend to stick around all day today, ensuring limited sunshine and a cold afternoon where we get hung up in the cold 30s.
The cold air will linger into the first half of the weekend and with subfreezing temperatures in place Saturday morning, the second stage of this event will be set for some patchy light freezing rain to fall across the area predawn. See the accompanying picture for a sample of the model data and the freezing rain early Saturday. Don’t take it too literally, but the takeaway is most areas will see less than a tenth of an inch of freezing rain.
Of course, any amount of freezing rain, no matter how thin the glaze might be, can still be potentially dangerous, especially on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses.
So be extremely careful if you need to head out Saturday morning. As a reminder, ice accumulations of a quarter inch or less generally means power outages are not an issue, so at least there isn't any concern there.
Beyond the morning concern Saturday, the day will be cloudy and chilly with occasional mainly light rain and sprinkles that should not amount to very much. Afternoon readings Saturday will rebound to near 50° across the Piedmont.
Finally, the third stage of this weekend weather comes Sunday as widespread rain sweeps across the region during the midday hours. So, if you have any outdoor plans Sunday, I advise having a backup plan. Temperatures will shoot into the mild 60s Sunday in advance of the front, then tail off into the cold 40s again on Monday with a lingering chance of rain.
- Meteorologist Al Conklin
Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas, Thursday 10:57 p.m.
Arctic air, freezing rain, wet Sunday
* Part 1: Arctic Air
* Part 2: Freezing Rain
* Part 3: Wet Sunday
Wow, what a weekend of weather we have heading our way. The first stage is already underway as Arctic air is plunging into the region and you’ll know it when you head out the door Friday morning with temperatures in the teens.
The cold air will linger into the first half of the weekend and with subfreezing temperatures in place Saturday morning, the second stage of this event will be set for some patchy light freezing rain to fall across the area.
See the accompanying picture for a sample of the model data and the freezing rain early Saturday. Don’t take it too literally, but the takeaway is most areas will see less than a tenth of an inch of freezing rain.
Of course, any amount of freezing rain, not matter how thin the glaze might be, can still be potentially dangerous, especially on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses. So be extremely careful if you need to head out Friday morning. As a reminder, ice accumulations of a quarter inch or less generally means power outages are not an issue, so at least there isn’t any concern there.
Finally, the third stage of this weekend weather comes Sunday as widespread rain sweeps across the region during the midday hours. So if you have any outdoor plans Sunday, I advise having a backup plan.
Check back on this Blog as it will be updated and of course stay tuned to WBTV News on TV, wbtv.com and download our free weather app for you smartphone. Just head to your app store and search for "WBTV."
-Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas
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