Winter Storm Warning in effect for virtually entire viewing area

Winter storm arrives in Charlotte and surrounding areas

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - NC Governor Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency ahead of a significant winter storm that began impact the state, and the WBTV viewing area, on Saturday.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for virtually the entire WBTV viewing area.

Our winter storm continues to bring snow to many in the WBTV viewing area.

The mountains have seen snow for several hours now and it is beginning to pile up.

Make sure you let us know what’s going on at your house.

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Winter Storm Forecast: 11pm

The Winter Storm Warning went into effect Saturday night and extends through Monday at noon. Accumulations of 10” to 18” can be expected with periods of very heavy snow.

Because the air was dry, it initially delayed the onset of precipitation, but once it started falling, the dry air began to cool rapidly, and temperatures will continue drop through the 30s.

This will allow more snow to reach the ground in most of our 22 counties we cover from the mountains to the Greater Charlotte Area.

The mountains are looking at an all snow event.

For the rest of us, warm air is trying to mix in above the surface, especially to the south.

While you may see periods of snow, there will also be periods of sleet and freezing rain. Basically, just making a mess!

There is high confidence that the mountains and foothills will see large accumulations with amounts in the range of one to two feet.

Our best estimate at this point is for 4” - 8” of snow to fall north of Charlotte extending into Rowan, Iredell, and Lincoln counties and more than that into the Greater Hickory area toward the foothills.

From Charlotte south, we are concerned that more ice, and possibly even rain will mix in during the midday and afternoon hours which could create a slushy icy mess south of Charlotte.

The worst case scenario is for a prolonged period of freezing rain.

Some model data is indicating the freezing rain may exceed 1/4” which starts to put us in a threat zone for power outages.

The bottom line is that roads are likely to be messy all night and into Sunday – even though they may be messy for different reasons, ranging from snow to freezing rain.

Prepare now the for possibility of dangerous driving conditions, along with the possibility of power outages.

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