CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A winter storm is moving through the WBTV viewing area. Schools have changed learning plans and businesses have closed as areas see snowfall and wintry weather.
Below are Friday updates as snow falls across the WBTV viewing area
Friday 7 p.m.
Snow will taper off early tonight, with overnight low temperatures cooling into the 20s by Saturday morning. Concerns for icy roads will mainly be confined to the NC mountains and foothills, yet some icy spots will be possible across the piedmont. Some patchy freezing fog may develop as well.
Mostly sunny skies return for Saturday afternoon, with high temperatures ranging from the upper 40s in the piedmont, to lower 30s in the mountains. The mountains may even have some snow flurries earlier in the day.
Mostly sunny skies return for Sunday, with a cold morning and cool afternoon. Sunday morning low temperatures will range from the upper teens for the mountains to upper 20s for the piedmont. Sunday afternoon will feature highs in the lower 50s for the piedmont, with upper 30s for the mountains.
Another First Alert has been issued for late Monday into early Tuesday, yet that is also a low confidence forecast, with only scattered rain expected for the piedmont, with scattered wintry mix for the mountains. Monday and Tuesday afternoon high temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
More sunshine returns for Wednesday and Thursday, with low to mid 50s.
A few rain showers will be possible by late in the day Friday, with afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid 50s.
Stay safe and warm this weekend!
Meteorologist Jason Myers
Friday 5:30 p.m.
Snow is expected to continue through Friday evening, tapering off early in the night. Temperatures have been the biggest issue for the Piedmont, working against the snowfall accumulations, yet temperatures will continue to cool this evening, with more snow developing.
Around 4 p.m., WBTV began receiving reports, photos and videos of snow in other areas of our viewing area.
This video came from downtown Gastonia, where snow began to fall around 4:15 p.m.
WBTV’s Courtney Cole was at the scene of what was becoming a winter wonderland in Gastonia Friday afternoon by 5:30 p.m.
David Whisenant captured video of snow coming down in Salisbury around 5:30 p.m.
WBTV’s Morgan Newell captured videos of snow coming down in the South Carolina portion of the viewing area including Rock Hill and Clover.
WBTV even received a few videos showing snow falling in parts of Mecklenburg County including Charlotte.
WBTV News had team coverage throughout the day from across the viewing area. Watch where we were at 5 p.m. below:
Friday 11 a.m.
Winter Storm warnings and advisories remain in effect through the afternoon and into tonight for the majority of the WBTV viewing area including Charlotte.
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.
Friday 10 a.m.
As a winter blast comes through the WBTV viewing area, shelter bed capacity is expanding in Mecklenburg County for the homeless population.
Roof Above has extended its Day Services Center hours, which are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. These extended hours include access to restrooms, hand washing stations, and outside radiated heaters, all of which meet Mecklenburg County Public Health guidelines.
“Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO), Roof Above and the Salvation Army Center of Hope are working together to support the needs of people experiencing homelessness during this extreme weather event,” Mecklenburg County officials said.
Snow continues to accumulate across the WBTV viewing area, including in Lenoir:
Friday 9 a.m.
The National Weather Service is reporting snowfall of between 4 and 5 inches in Boone and Blowing Rock, and around an inch in Morganton. These measurements are on non-road services.
Friday 8:30 a.m.
Snow is beginning to fall more heavily in some areas. Along Highway 64 in Lenoir, snow is now sticking to the ground. Officials are asking commuters to use caution when traveling on the roadways.
Friday 7 a.m.
Precipitation will be mostly snow for the mountains through the duration. It will be a mix of snow and sleet across the Foothills. Rain in the Piedmont early today will likely change to snow showers, with the estimated timing to be during the afternoon hours and continue into this evening. That’s the best chance for accumulating snow around the Piedmont/Charlotte metro area. As the upper-level low swings by, the precipitation may become convective in nature, meaning it will fall heavily at times and there could even be a few thunder rumbles.
As for snow accumulations – on non-road surfaces - here’s what to expect:
Mountains: Four to eight inches, locally higher amounts likely at highest elevations
Foothills / North of I-40: Up to four inches
Piedmont / South of I-40 to I-85/Charlotte metro area: Up to two inches
South of Charlotte / South Carolina Upstate: Up to one inch
Temperatures will hold in the cold 30s all day long, but will tend to remain at, or in the case of the Piedmont, remain slightly above 32°, so snow accumulations south of I-40 are non-road surfaces.
The weekend looks dry with mostly sunny skies and seasonal high temperatures around 50°, but another storm system may impact the Carolinas early in the workweek, so a new First Alert has been hoisted for late Monday into early Tuesday.
Friday 6:30 a.m.
Large but light snowflakes are falling in Lenoir along Highway 321 at Highway 64. Commuters are seeing wet roads and some snow accumulation on non-road surfaces.
Accidents are continuing to be reported across the Charlotte area, including along I-485 inner near the South Boulevard exit.
Friday 6 a.m.
Snow is blanketing the town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, with an accumulation of around 3 inches.
The chance for snow around the Charlotte area and much of the Piedmont will comes later today as the upper-level low (now over TN) swings across the WBTV viewing area with cold enough air for snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place around the Charlotte area and Piedmont with a Winter Storm Warning in effect across most of our northern part.
Friday 5:30 a.m.
Snow is beginning to accumulate in Granite Falls. Roads are wet and were beginning to receive reports of accidents in the Charlotte area.
A FedEx truck veered off the road on Independence Boulevard near Woodway Drive. Charlotte officers are directing traffic.
Friday 4 a.m.
DOT trucks are putting salt down on roads along Highway 321 in our mountain area.
Friday 3.30 a.m.
Snow is falling across the mountains and foothills with rain continuing in the Charlotte area.
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