CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Winter Storm Warning is in effect across the NC mountains and the Northern piedmont from midnight Friday to midnight Saturday, with a Winter Weather Advisory for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County area, and Southern North Carolina through midnight Saturday.
Snowfall will vary from 4″ to 8″+ for counties along and north of I-40 and toward the NC mountains, with a trace to 2″ for areas south of I-85.
The Upstate of SC and for Union, Anson, and Richmond counties of NC, could see as much as 1″ of snow.
This is still a complicated forecast, with small differences in details making big differences. Some things that can contribute to more or less snowfall will be: snowfall rates, how much (if any) sleet mixes in, how long the transition from rain to snow takes, and how long will the snow linger once the transition begins.
Temperatures will generally be above freezing for the Charlotte Metro area through the day Friday, yet if snowfall rates are high enough, snow may pile up faster.
Right now, the thinking is that it will be a slushy, wet snow for roads, with highest snowfall totals on grassy and elevated surfaces.
Either way, traveling will be difficult and treacherous across the WBTV viewing area tonight through Friday night.
Overnight low temperatures look to cool into the upper 20s for the NC mountains, and low to mid 30s for the piedmont, as the rain-snow event develops.
The bulk of the rain to snow will develop later Thursday evening and continue through Friday night.
Friday high temperatures look to only warm into the mid to upper 30s for the piedmont, before cooling through the afternoon, as rain transitions to snow through the day.
The mountains look to stay mainly snow throughout the day Friday, with high temperatures at or below freezing all day.
Snow will taper off early Friday night, with overnight low temperatures cooling into the 20s by Saturday morning. Concerns for icy roads will continue Friday night into early Saturday.
More sunshine returns for the weekend, with highs in the upper 40s for the piedmont, and low to mid 30s for the mountains.
Another First Alert has been issued for late Monday into Tuesday, yet that is also a low confidence forecast, with rain to a rain-snow mix possible.
High temperatures next week look to start off in the upper 40s for Monday and Tuesday, with lower 50s by later next week.
Stay safe if you have to travel on Friday!
Meteorologist Jason Myers