‘Strong and impactful’ Arctic front brings potential for black ice, mountain snow

1-3″ of snow is possible in the NC mountains with temperatures crashing to 20 degrees Tuesday night

First Alert Forecast: Tuesday, Jan. 29 @ 4pm

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Winter Weather Advisory remains in place until 7 p.m. Tuesday in the mountains and northern foothills, where cold air is already filtering and snow is falling. The most accumulation will be at the highest elevations but any of our mountain communities should expect to see some snow - with 1-3” possible. It will be windy on top of that.

A Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect for Avery County from Tuesday evening to 10 a.m. Thursday.

The classic battle of moisture trying to out-run cold air will mean that we probably don’t end up seeing much, if any, snow in the Charlotte metro Tuesday, however, black ice will still be a possibility with temps crashing to around 20° for lows Tuesday night after the rain ends.

Short-lived rain is also expected in the Charlotte area. Spotty sprinkles are likely this morning in advance of the front, as temperatures rise to near 50° by midday. The steadiest rain band looks to cross the WBTV viewing area from west to east from 10 a.m. (far west) ending in the Sandhills by 5 p.m. (far east). For Charlotte proper, most of the rain will come and go between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thereafter, the wind will shift directions and pick up as temperatures fall into the low to mid 40s by 5 p.m.

At this point, a few inches of snow in the mountains is plausible with perhaps an inch for some spots in the foothills/parts of the I-40 corridor. Accumulating snow outside of the winter weather advisory area seems highly unlikely.

Remember, you can always track the potential for snow in the Carolinas with the WBTV First Alert Weather app.

Behind the front, get ready for the return of the bitter cold. Highs will barely make it out of the 30s Wednesday & Thursday with continued lows in the 20s.

Looking ahead, we’ll rebound to near 50° on Friday and then jump into the 50s over the weekend.

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