First Alert Day: Heavy rain and freezing rain in the North Carolina High Country

First Alert Day: Heavy rain and freezing rain in the North Carolina High Country
We are now fully into the last of four consecutive First Alert Days.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We are now fully into the last of four consecutive First Alert Days. The rain will be a heavy and steady through late morning, then beginning to taper off as we work into the afternoon. As this system pulls out of the area… drier and cool air will filter in. Rejoice, the weekend is looking wonderful, with plentiful sunshine and milder temperatures.

The mountains remain under a Winter Storm Warning until 1 p.m. this afternoon. The greatest threat is for freezing rain. Temperatures at the surface remain below the freezing mark… with overrunning rain and warmer temperatures aloft falling into the sub-freezing layer at the surface.

Accumulating ice of more than a quarter of an inch poses the greatest threat for downed trees, limbs and power lines. And while primary roadways have been treated… secondary roads and private drives will likely become slick and ice covered. During the night, as this system pulls to the north a brief period of snow will fall in the mountains.

As we head into the weekend… dry high pressure will build in. Overnight lows will be quite cold during the overnight hours, falling into the low thirties. The daylight hours will provide plenty of sunshine and temperatures will climb nicely into the lower sixties. And it looks like we’re working into a dry period for the extended forecast into next week.

Stay dry, be safe.

Meteorologist Chris Larson

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