We’ll remain rain-free for the start of the workweek with plenty of sunshine to go around and a very nice day-to-day warming trend in the forecast that will push our temperatures - both by day and at night - to unseasonably warm levels.
Local and state leaders urgently want residents to be prepared for the potential of damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes in Mecklenburg County and the entire state of North Carolina on Thursday.
There could be a shower or thunderstorm at any time Thursday, but the better chance for severe weather, including damaging winds, large hail and even tornadoes unfolds during the afternoon and evening hours as temperatures rebound to the middle 70s.
We’re starting off dry and mild this morning, but as a wedge of cold high pressure noses in from the north and a low pressure storm system drifts our way from the Gulf Coast, rain will overspread the WBTV viewing area from west to east and send our temperatures into the chilly 40s.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) want to get these roads treated as early and quickly as possible. I-77 is one of the major highways the North Carolina Department of Transportation is hitting in Mecklenburg County. The other highway DOT focused on is I-85.
A First Alert remains out for the mountain counties – just for the morning hours – as last night’s storm covered back roads with snow, and it will stay blustery and cold there today with highs only in the 20s.
A Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect for Avery, Ashe, and Watauga counties as 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible above 3,500 feet with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation likely in the lower elevations.
While it will turn out to be a wet and cold day, it will start with a period of freezing rain in areas north of I-40 with a gradual turnover to plain rain as we move toward the mountains this afternoon.