Snowfall possible for Charlotte Wednesday, some area school districts dismissing early

Snowfall possible for Charlotte Wednesday, some area school districts dismissing early

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The forecast is changing for Charlotte-area residents, who may see snow Wednesday.

The Charlotte area has a 20 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 3 p.m. and before 7 p.m. The forecast is cloudy, with a high near 35.

Meteorologist Al Conklin says there will be a big difference from west Charlotte to Mint Hill, where a 30-percent chance of snow is possible.

Several school districts, including Anson County Schools, Richmond County Schools and Union County Schools will dismiss early Wednesday due to the potential for inclement weather.

Anson County Elementary Schools will release at 12:30 p.m. and middle and high schools will release at 1:30 p.m.

Richmond County Schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m.

Total snow accumulation is expected to be less than half an inch, the National Weather Service says. The snow forecast still remains uncertain, though it is more likely in eastern Union County than in Mecklenburg County.

Union County Public Schools says students will be dismissed two hours earlier than normal. All after-school activities are canceled.

Conklin says the forecast change is due to the low-pressure system heading up the coast is shifting slightly.

"The storm system appears to have formed a little farther west than previously forecast, so there is some real concern that the blanket of snow could push a little farther west," Conklin says. "This means there could be at least a period of light snow or flurries late Wednesday into the evening hours for neighborhoods along and southeast of Interstate 85."

All of the after school programs and athletic activities are canceled Wednesday. The Union County after school program will close at 4 p.m., school officials said.

The low overnight into Thursday will be 19 degrees.

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