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Freezing rain looking more unlikely until evening as temps climb

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Update: 1 p.m.

  • First Alert Day Today
  • Temperatures climbing
  • Mid-Week Warming

As of 1 p.m. on Monday temperatures across the WBTV viewing area have climbed above the freezing mark. Upper 30s and low 40s in and around Charlotte. Mid and upper thirties into the foothills and mountains. I believe for a vast majority of us the threat of freezing rain is behind us. We will still keep a few showers in the forecast for Monday afternoon and evening. 

And freezing on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses is still possible. Especially into the evening hours when temperatures fall once again. This also coincides with the time that most of the precipitation we'll be coming to an end.

The models have been trending toward a later onset of precipitation. For many of us, it will come in after the temperatures are above freezing and there will be little to no impact. This First Alert Day has been issued out of an abundance of caution for the mountains and foothills. A little ice goes a long way. The precipitation should be very light. So light, that on a normal day, we might not give it much thought. 

The concern is that with our prolonged cold weather, the ground is frozen and so it wouldn't take much at all for bridges and overpasses to get a little accumulation. Then, that tiny amount suddenly has a huge impact. An example would be a few weeks ago when there were wrecks around the Hendersonville/Asheville area due to freezing drizzle/fog. Again, it doesn't take much, so just be extra careful if you see rain falling. (Remember, freezing rain looks like plain rain but freezes on contact.) 

Again, this First Alert Day does not mean that there will be widespread icing and power outages. It means that travel could become dangerous if light rain hits frozen roadways. We'll keep you posted! 

By Tuesday and Wednesday, a big warm-up commences and we jump back to the mid 50s Tuesday and near 50° on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will take us to the 60s, even though rain chances also go back up. 

Be safe and stay warm... one more day!

- Meteorologist Chris Larson

6 a.m. 

  • First Alert Day Monday
  • Spotty Freezing Drizzle
  • Mid-Week Warming

Cold air has been in place for over a week now and Monday won't bring much of anything new.  Still cold.  On top of that, a weak disturbance will trek just south of the WBTV viewing area, and with the cold air in place, there could be a few pockets of light freezing rain and drizzle throughout Monday (especially in across the western half of our area).  The risk of ice in and around the immediate Charlotte area appears quite low.

The models have been trending toward a later onset of precipitation. For many of us, it will come in after the temperatures are above freezing and there will be little to no impact.

This First Alert Day has been issued out of an abundance of caution for the mountains and foothills. A little ice goes a long way. The precipitation should be very light. So light, that on a normal day, we might not give it much thought. The concern is that with our prolonged cold weather, the ground is frozen and so it wouldn't take much at all for bridges and overpasses to get a little accumulation. Then, that tiny amount suddenly has a huge impact.

An example would be a few weeks ago when there were wrecks around the Hendersonville/Asheville area due to freezing drizzle and fog. Again, it doesn't take much, so just be extra careful if you see rain falling. (Remember, freezing rain looks like plain rain but freezes on contact.) 

Again, this First Alert Day does not mean that there will be widespread icing and power outages. It means that travel could become dangerous if light rain hits frozen roadways. We'll keep you posted! 

By Tuesday and Wednesday, a big warm up commences and we jump back to the mid 50s for Tuesday and near 50 degrees on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will take us to the 60s, even though rain chances also go back up. 

Be safe and stay warm...one more day!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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