Winter storm bringing snow for NC mountains, ice and prolonged rain elsewhere

Winter storm bringing snow for NC mountains, ice and prolonged rain elsewhere
A Winter Storm Warning is now out for the mountains and northern foothills and a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for all counties north of Mecklenburg. (Source: Al Conklin)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Major changes are coming our way today! I hope you took my advice and got outdoors on Presidents Day, as the mild 60s and sunny skies are now just a memory.

Clouds have thickened up overnight as moisture is already spreading our way from a developing low pressure system along the Gulf coast. Aside from a sprinkle or sleet pellet this morning across our South Carolina counties, most of today will be rather cloudy and cold, but generally dry until late in the day.

Rain will pick up and spread east across the WBTV viewing area by late day and won't let up through the night, lasting into the day on Wednesday. A First Alert has been issued from late today through Wednesday for rain, heavy at times, and cold temperatures in the 40s today and 30s Wednesday.

WBTV Tuesday morning weather forecast

I’m forecasting a low of 33° for Charlotte, just above the freezing mark so what’s expected south of I-85 is for the most part, just rain. North of Charlotte, the forecast is not so cut and dry. The air will be colder and so a wintry mix is expected.

WBTV received multiple reports of sleet falling in our South Carolina counties Tuesday morning.

WINTER WEATHER MOVING IN: Al Conklin breaks down the storm that’s headed to our area » https://bit.ly/2T38JVI

Posted by WBTV News on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Winter Storm Warning is now out for the mountains and northern foothills and a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for all counties north of Mecklenburg.

Up to 2 inches of snow is forecast in the mountains before a transition over to sleet and freezing rain takes place later tonight. Ice could accumulate around 1 / 4 inch, and travel will likely be impacted.

Across the I-40 corridor, some ice is forecast, but most roads are expected to be just wet. But again, this is not a cut and dry forecast, tweaks will likely be necessary in time, so stay tuned.

Right now, it appears that Thursday and Friday will also bring decent rain chances, as will both days of the upcoming weekend! After we get past the next 7 days long range data suggests we should dry out, but by that point, many areas will have received between 2-4″ for rain.

Watauga County Schools announced they will be dismissing early Tuesday due to the threat of an incoming ice storm.

We’ll be monitoring for flooding once the mid-late week unfolds.

CLICK HERE to download the WBTV Weather App to stay up to date on this changing forecast. We’ll keep you posted with the latest!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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