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First Alert Winter Storm: Black ice to become next main concern, mountain snow likely to linger

With below-freezing morning lows expected area-wide into Monday, black ice will become one of our main concerns going forward.
A Winter Storm Warning continues across the WBTV viewing area, with icy roads and surfaces a big concern, as overnight low temperatures cool into the 20s.
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 8:03 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 11:57 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Winter Storm Warning continues across the WBTV viewing area, with icy roads and surfaces a big concern, as overnight low temperatures cool into the 20s. Breaks of sunshine develop for the piedmont on Monday, with lingering snow showers in the mountains.

  • Lows in the 20s tonight, leading to icy roads and surfaces.
  • More sunshine and melting ice/snow for Monday afternoon.
  • Frigid temperatures develop for the end of the week.

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Temperatures will continue to drop in the 20s tonight, leading to icy roads and surfaces. Scattered snow showers will linger for the piedmont early tonight, with snow lingering in the mountains, tonight and through the day Monday.

Monday morning temperatures will start off in the upper 20s around Charlotte, with lower 20s in the mountains. More sunshine will develop during the day Monday, with lingering snow showers in the mountains.

Monday will remain chilly for the piedmont and Charlotte, with high temperatures in the lower 40s. You’ll still need plenty of layers on if you live in the mountains, as Monday afternoon high temperatures struggle to warm into the mid-20s.

With below-freezing morning lows expected area-wide into Monday, black ice will become one of our main concerns going forward.

With below-freezing morning lows expected area-wide into Monday, black ice will become one of our main concerns going forward.

Please be extra cautious tonight and tomorrow morning on patios, sidewalks, and roadways. If you can avoid traveling altogether, that is advised due to the widespread hazardous conditions.

Fortunately, sunshine will help to warm us up to the low 40s on MLK Day, but another below-freezing night will re-freeze anything that melted during the daytime hours.

With below-freezing morning lows expected area-wide into Monday, black ice will become one of...
With below-freezing morning lows expected area-wide into Monday, black ice will become one of our main concerns going forward.(WBTV)

Dry weather and chilly conditions continue for Tuesday, with highs in the mid-40s for the piedmont, and lower 30s in the mountains.

Wednesday may be our mildest day of the week, with highs in the lower 50s in the piedmont, and lower 40s for the mountains, as clouds will be on the increase during the day.

A cold front will move through the region Wednesday night into Thursday morning, bringing a chance for a wintry mix and snow for the mountains, and a wintry mix to rain for the piedmont. Thursday will remain chilly, with high temperatures only reaching the upper 40s in the piedmont, and lower 30s in the mountains.

Cold, Canadian air will work its way into the Carolinas for the end of the week, with high temperatures only in the 30s for Friday and Saturday, with 20s in the mountains. Some weather data has hinted at a weather disturbance impacting the Carolinas by late week, yet confidence is still low on the exact set-up for any precipitation.

Stay safe and warm!

Meteorologist Jason Myers

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