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First Alert: Rain showers for Thursday, with snow possible Friday

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the eastern half of the Carolinas.
Areas southeast of Charlotte has the best chance at seeing wintry impacts
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 6:42 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 7:24 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Rain returns Thursday, snow still possible Friday-Saturday morning

Areas southeast of Charlotte has the best chance at seeing wintry impacts

Rain and wintry weather chances are back in the forecast.

  • First Alert Thursday: Periods of rain likely
  • First Alert Friday-Saturday AM: Snow, sleet possible (mainly SE)
  • Cold 7-day forecast ahead

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After an afternoon in the mid-upper 50s, we’ll notice the much colder temperatures moving in for the rest of the 7-day forecast. A First Alert is in place for Thursday as a cold front moving overhead will bring the likelihood of rainfall across the area. Although a brief changeover to a wintry mix is possible Thursday night, the better chance for wintry weather still looks to be Friday.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early...
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early Saturday morning, as developing snow showers may impact travelers.(WBTV)

Although we’ll top out near 50 degrees tomorrow afternoon, our cold front will usher in below-freezing temperatures by Friday, setting us up for that potential snowfall. The main question remains, how far east will the front and associated area of low pressure be as we wrap up the work week?

Models have trended farther east so far this evening, which would lower our local snowfall potential. Due to this trend, we have lowered snowfall totals from Charlotte pointing westward, with our SE counties seeing the greatest potential for wintry impacts. This is the area under a Winter Storm Watch Thursday night into Saturday morning.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early...
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early Saturday morning, as developing snow showers may impact travelers.(WBTV)

Friday morning will start off around 30 degrees, and temperatures will stay steady or drop through the day, into the upper 20s.

Snow showers are expected to begin during the late afternoon and evening hours and continue into Friday night.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early...
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early Saturday morning, as developing snow showers may impact travelers.(WBTV)

Snowfall totals and impacts will greatly be directed by the exact track that a coastal low pressure system takes. A more inland track could mean higher snowfall and more impacts, yet a track further offshore could mean less impacts and lower snowfall. At this point, we anticipate a trace to 3″ of snowfall on average, with the highest snowfall likely for areas east of I-85.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early...
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early Saturday morning, as developing snow showers may impact travelers.(WBTV)

The weekend is looking to remain cold, with high temperatures in the upper-30s for the piedmont, and around 30 degrees in the mountains for Saturday.

Sunday will feature mostly sunny skies, with high temperatures in the mid-40s for the piedmont, and lower 30s in the mountains.

High temperatures look to stay in the mid to upper 40s for early next week, with another chance for a wintry mix on Tuesday.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early...
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for counties east of Charlotte for Friday into early Saturday morning, as developing snow showers may impact travelers.(WBTV)

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Stay informed for any forecast changes, and be prepared.

Meteorologist Jason Myers

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