FIRST ALERT: Rain changes to winter weather across Charlotte metro this afternoon

Eric Thomas Friday evening forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Winter Storm warnings and advisories remain in effect through the afternoon and into tonight for the majority of the WBTV viewing area including Charlotte.

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While all communities north of I-85 have experienced snowy and wintry conditions since early this morning, neighborhoods south of the corridor have mostly been inundated with rain. But, a changeover to frozen precipitation is possible for Charlotte and the South Carolina Piedmont as a colder air filters in late this afternoon into the evening hours. Accumulation will be modest - a trace to an inch - at best, but isolated locations could receive up to 2″ of snow for the day ends.

In like fashion to first part of the day, snow will continue to fall across the mountains and the Foothills with total day snowfall likely to reach or surpass the 6″ to 8″ at the highest elevations before midnight.

Any lingering moisture association with today’s round of wintry weather will move northeast of the Carolinas overnight, however, any existing snowfall or rainfall on the ground overnight could cause problems for drivers Saturday morning. With temperatures plummeting into the 20s areawide any leftover precipitation on the ground will freeze creating black ice on the roadways.

The extreme chill will loosen its grip under an abundance of sunshine Saturday with highs attempting to top out in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Temperatures will take another noise dive morning Sunday only to bounce back to the lower 50s by the afternoon.

Increasing clouds are expected on Monday as another system moves in bringing mostly rain late Monday night into Tuesday morning. A First Alert is in effect for Tuesday as there is the chance for snow in the mountains as this albeit weaker system in contrast today moves eastward over higher terrain.

- First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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