FIRST ALERT: Up to 6″ of snow expected Friday in the Carolinas

First Alert Forecast: Wednesday, Jan. 6 @12pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A First Alert is in effect for Friday as a strong low-pressure system crosses the WBTV viewing area producing winter weather and heavy rain.

  • Cold temperatures across the mountains and north of the I-40 corridor will interact with moisture from this system to produce accumulating snowfall up 6 inches especially across the higher mountain elevations as early as Friday night.
  • Late night rain between I-40 and I-85 will transition to frozen precipitation by early Friday morning, producing accumulation in the Foothills and northern Piedmont neighborhoods.
  • The bulk of the winter weather will remain just north of the Charlotte metro and communities south of I-85. While a trace of snowfall can’t be ruled out especially on grassy surfaces, a chilly rain expected to dominate this part of the region starting Thursday night.

The tail-end of the system should move out of the WBTV viewing area Friday evening. Dry conditions and mostly sunny skies will take over the weekend.

Before all of Friday’s action, expect a good dose of sunshine with highs in the lower 50s and lows in the lower 30s today and Thursday.

Friday will be the chilliest day of the week with temperatures staying the 30s all day along in the Charlotte and 20s in the higher elevations.

Highs will return to the upper 40s and lower 50s through the weekend into Monday, ahead of another First Alert on Tuesday when a second storm system moves into the Carolinas. If you’re hoping for winter weather, some models suggest we’ll have a decent shot at winter weather on Tuesday.

- Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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