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BLOG: Old Man Winter Makes A Return This Weekend

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Despite the rash of 70°+ days in Charlotte over the past six weeks, Old Man Winter looks to be making a return to the WBTV viewing area this weekend.

Actually, March snow in the Charlotte area is not all that rare, but considering we’re forecasting 76° here Thursday afternoon, the cold push coming our way will certainly be a very rude reality check.

Here’s the set-up: after a few morning showers Friday, we’ll clear out and enjoy mostly sunny skies Friday afternoon with readings mainly in the mild 60s.  We’ll be dry and cool – mainly 50s – Saturday, while low pressure organizes along the northern Gulf coast. At the same time, cold high pressure will build east from the Great Lakes and spread much colder air our way Saturday night – 20s mountains, 30s elsewhere.

As the storm center cuts by just to our south early Sunday (with cold air already in place), it seems plausible that a wintry mix of weather will break out Saturday night across the WBTV viewing area and continue through the early morning hours Sunday. 

At this early point, our confidence is a least a couple of inches of accumulating snow is greatest in the mountains and the northern foothills. There’s much less confidence for snow (accumulating or otherwise) in the immediate Charlotte area.

As to be expected, even the most reliable models are struggling this far out in specific details.

If you’re a snow lover, you’re most likely hoping the North American Model (NAM) verifies, as it prints out snow even in the Charlotte metro area. Just as likely to verify at this juncture is the broader European model, which tempers the NAM’s excitement by keeping all but a few wet snow flakes out the Piedmont.

Time will tell which one of these models will be closer to the truth – which is likely somewhere in between these two outputs – so stay tuned to WBTV and www.wbtv.com for the latest forecast updates.

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- Meteorologist AL Conklin

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