FIRST ALERT: Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through Noon

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - What’s leftover from Tuesday snow and sleet is now confined to the mountains, where a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through Noon today. Elsewhere, temperatures are in the cold 30s, but safely above freezing and they’ll stay there all day long. Even in the mountains, the transition over to just plain cold rain will likely take place by midday, ending any icing threat.

So, plan on a raw, cold and damp day throughout the WBTV News area. Afternoon readings will struggle to reach much above 40°.

Even though things are confined to the mountains it doesn’t mean schools haven’t been affected. More than two dozen school districts have already announced delays and closings.

First Alert Forecast: Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 12pm

With the storm system pushing north this morning, I’m turning my attention to the cold front back to the west. It’s loaded with rain and even heavy thunderstorms and that front is headed our way. So, be prepared that our rain coverage will likely ramp up tonight and don’t be surprised if you see a little lightning or hear a few thunder rumbles during the late-night hours. Localized flooding may result in heavier downpours. Lows tonight will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s. With the above in mind and the potential impact on the Charlotte-area commute, a First Alert has been issued for Thursday morning to give you a “heads up” on what’s coming our way next.

Beyond some lingering early morning rain Thursday, there may not be much more than just a few spotty showers around for the balance of the day. Highs Thursday will rebound to the seasonal 50s, though if the cool wedge breaks – always a difficult forecast – we could wind up much milder!

Either way, another system is likely to come our way late in the week, so both Friday and Saturday look to bring more opportunities for rain with highs in the 50s.

The good news is that the long-range models now suggest the weekend front will exit the area much earlier on Sunday, so after a few parting showers, Sunday may actually turn out very nice, with some sunshine and afternoon readings in the lower 70s!

Winter Storm brings snow to mountains, winter mix to foothills

Keep warm and dry and has a great hump day!

Meteorologist Al Conklin

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