First Alert Weather Headlines

NWS confirms 80mph tornado touched down in N.C. Saturday night

The tornado had estimated peak winds of 80 miles per hour with a 0.6 mile path length and a 540-foot maximum width.

  Nice stretch of weather for spring break

  Easter Weekend: Cold mornings and mild afternoons, with plenty of sunshine

  FIRST ALERT: Even colder temperatures in the forecast tonight

Freeze potential has N.C. fruit growers concerned

  First Alert: Sub-freezing temperatures for Friday and Saturday morning

  FIRST ALERT: Record cold in the forecast the next two nights

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  FIRST ALERT: Localized flooding threatens Carolinas as more rain moves in Wednesday

  First Alert: Showers and thunderstorms today, cold temps to follow

  FIRST ALERT: Rain, thunderstorms expected Wednesday

  First Alert: Wet Wednesday followed by a sharp, cold snap

  FIRST ALERT: Sunny and cool before next round of rain arrives Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT: Midweek rain followed by cold temps

  Rain moving out, sunshine moving in

The front that brought all of last night’s rain and thunderstorms is now pushing east of the WBTV area and drier air is moving in behind it.

  Storms move out this morning, sunshine and warm weather moving in

A First Alert is in effect Friday morning as a cold front drives rain in and out of the WBTV viewing area.

  FIRST ALERT: Storm chances ramp up tonight

A First Alert is out for the mountains today, as that’s the area where the rain risk is greatest.

NWS confirms three tornadoes touched down in North Carolina from Thursday’s severe weather

Preliminary NWS Tornado damage survey revealed the tornadoes.

  Tornado warnings, watches clear for WBTV viewing area

Gov. Roy Cooper issues State of Emergency as Tornado Warnings issued across N.C.

  First Alert: Heavy rain, scattered thunderstorms drench Carolinas today

  County, state officials warn of potential for winds, hail, possible tornadoes in N.C. on Thursday

  Thursday’s First Alert: What you need to know ahead of possible severe weather

  CMS, local school districts move to virtual learning due to severe weather risk

  Severe weather risk Thursday has prompted another First Alert

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.

  FIRST ALERT: Continuous rain turns to scattered Tuesday afternoon, severe storms likely Thursday

A First Alert is in effect for Thursday as most neighborhoods across the region will be hit with heavy downpours and thunderstorms from morning to night.

  First Alert: Wet and cold today, warm and stormy Thursday

A First Alert has been issued for today for widespread rain and cold temperatures.

  FIRST ALERT: Tracking two rounds of rain this week

As a cold front moves across the Carolinas today, rain will be most widespread during the morning and midday hours.

  First Alert: Wet and cold today, but a big weekend warm-up follows

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.

  FIRST ALERT: Dry streak ends as cold air, rainy weather returns Friday

A First Alert is effect for Friday as scattered showers and downpours will move from west to east across the WBTV viewing area after daybreak continuing through the late evening hours.

  Wet start to workweek but a big-warm up to follow

Following a sun-filled weekend, we got a reality check overnight, as rain moved in.

  Today brings the start of a better weather pattern

We’re holding onto yesterday’s First Alert – just for the morning hours – as leftover rain is slowly pushing east and out of the WBTV area.

Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency for North Carolina due to winter storm

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency due to a winter storm impacting the state Thursday.

  FIRST ALERT: Ice, sleet and heavy rain hits Carolinas

A First Alert is in effect for the entire viewing area, but the impacts will vary depending on your locations.

  Nearly 1 million power outages projected in Carolinas due to winter storm

Duke Energy projects nearly 1 million people will lose power in the Carolinas due to the looming winter storm.

  Mecklenburg County residents, NCDOT prepare for Thursday’s winter weather

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.

  First Alert for Thursday: Winter Storm’s track, timing and impact

Winter Storm warnings and advisories are in effect through Thursday as a robust system brings sleet, ice, and rain to the WBTV viewing area.

Governor Cooper surveys tornado damage in Brunswick County, N.C.

The majority of the damage was done to the Ocean Ridge Plantation, three people lost their lives in the storm and many more were injured.

  FIRST ALERT: Thursday’s storm to bring heavy rain and crippling ice

A wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, will unfold across the WBTV viewing area beginning late tonight and will not taper off until early Friday morning.

  Winter Storm Watch issued for several local counties, rain and ice may create dangerous traveling

Freezing rain will seemingly be the most likely problem as a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for several counties in the WBTV viewing area, including Mecklenburg.

  FIRST ALERT: Wet, chilly weather dominates weekend forecast

A First Alert is in effect for Saturday as the entire WBTV viewing area will be hit with another batch of rain.

  First Alert: Cloudy, damp, cold weather setting in for the weekend

Thursday’s thunderstorms brought the end of mild temperatures and the start of a cold, wet pattern for the WBTV viewing area that will linger through at least the holiday weekend.

  FIRST ALERT: Today is just the start of a very wet pattern

Today brings the start of a wet pattern for the WBTV viewing area and the end of mild temperatures. Morning fog – particularly in the foothills – will give way to rain as the day unfolds.

LOCAL NEWS LIVE: Ice storm, winter weather spread across US

Local News Live will feature forecasts and reports from Gray Television markets throughout the areas affected by the ice storm and other severe winter weather.

  First Alert: Patchy fog, icy roads followed by sunshine and mild temperatures

As temperatures across the area drop below freezing, any runoff of melted snow or slush may refreeze into icy spots on roads, especially elevated roads such as bridges and overpasses.

  First Alert: Wet/wintry morning - then improvement

First thing out the door this morning, you will run into showers if you are in Charlotte or areas to the south and east.

  ‘God took care of us’: Kings Mountain pastor reflects on 2020 tornado damage a year later

Kings Mountain pastor Randy Patterson reflects on the 2020 tornado that caused severe damage to his church.

  N.C. foothills prepare for possible snow

Drivers are urged to use caution from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon and pay attention to forecasts and current conditions.

  FIRST ALERT: Winter Storm Watch in effect as fast-moving storm brings snow, sleet & rain to Carolinas

A First Alert has been issued for Saturday evening through Sunday morning and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the N.C. mountains through noon on Sunday.

  FIRST ALERT: Friday’s rainmaker exits ahead of our next big system coming this weekend

By Saturday evening, another system will zip through the region bringing rain, snow, and sleet through Sunday morning.

  First Alert: Friday rain to impact morning commute

Early sunshine today will give way to more clouds and afternoon readings in the middle 50s.

  First Alert: Lingering rain and snow chances start off the work week

Spotty rain and snow showers continue from the mountains to the piedmont this morning, but there won’t be any accumulation in the piedmont.

First Alert: More mountain snow expected on Monday

If Sunday wasn’t quite enough for you, there’s more snow in store for Monday - just for the mountains though.

  Weekend starts sunny, but ends with rain and snow

Sunday is a First Alert Day, as it will be cloudy, damp and very cold as with readings in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

  First Alert: Split decision on the weekend forecast

Sunshine today will mix with a few afternoon clouds with seasonably chilly high temperatures in the mid to upper 40s, staying below average yet again.

  First Alert in effect for mountain counties

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.

  FIRST ALERT: Accumulating snowfall, heavy rain to hit late Wednesday, early Thursday

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.

  FIRST ALERT: More rain and mountain snow

Today is another First Alert Day, as a couple of rounds of rain impact the WBTV area. The first batch will fall mainly during the morning and midday hours and primarily along and south/east of I-85.

  Warm weather today will give way to more rain Wednesday

Last night’s heavy rain has all but moved out of the WBTV viewing area and a clearing trend is forecast to soon kick in.

  Sunny for most, First Alert for mountains

Today will be a classic winter day. For most of the WBTV viewing area, that means bright sunny skies and cool temperatures. For the mountains, that means snow showers.

  First Alert: Showers moving in, mountain snow develops

Today is a First Alert Day, as rain is back in the forecast. But, it won’t rain all day long.

  First Alert: Freezing Fog Advisory in effect through morning hours

After Tuesday’s rain, skies cleared overnight and as temps fell below freezing overnight, patches of dense / freezing fog have developed.

  A little bit of rain and mountain snow today

A weak storm system cutting to the south of the Carolinas will throw plenty of clouds our way today with a little bit of rain and mountain snow that won’t add up to much in either case.

  Here’s where we’re seeing snowfall across the WBTV viewing area

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.

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

Winter Storm warnings and advisories remain in effect through the afternoon and into tonight for the majority of the WBTV viewing area including Charlotte.

  Schools, businesses close due to winter storm coming through WBTV viewing area

Several school districts and businesses in the WBTV viewing area are reporting closings due to a winter storm expected to hit the area Friday.

  First Alert Friday: Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in effect

Snowfall will vary from 4″ to 8″+ for counties along and north of I-40 and toward the NC mountains, with a trace to 2″ for areas south of I-85.

  FIRST ALERT: Up to 6″ of snow expected Friday in the Carolinas

A First Alert is in effect for Friday as a strong low-pressure system crosses the WBTV viewing area producing winter weather and heavy rain.

  First Alert: Snow most likely for mountains this week, rain more likely for Piedmont

The mountains will get snow Thursday night and Friday with up to about six inches likely - higher amounts at ski resorts - to accumulate before the storm pulls away Friday night.

  First Alert Friday: Snow likely but for who and how much?

Normally when we mention snow in our forecast we’re talking about the three or four mountain counties in this area of responsibility.

  First Alert declared for possible widespread wintry mix on Friday

Clouds will return tonight, with some flurries in the mountains. Overnight low temperatures will cool into the low to mid 30s by daybreak Tuesday.

  AM Forecast: Soggy, foggy start to the new year

A First Alert is in effect today as waves of rain move through the WBTV viewing area on the first of day of 2021.

  First Alert: Wet start to 2021

A First Alert remains in the forecast as rain interrupts holiday plans.

  Rainy, windy, day in N.C. mountains, white Christmas next

Some sections could get half a foot or more of the snow. For visitors and locals alike, it’s welcome, they said.

  FIRST ALERT: Winter weather and strong storms to break out on Christmas Eve

A First Alert is in effect for Thursday as a robust cold front drives disruptive weather into the WBTV viewing area hours before Christmas.

  Christmas Eve Forecast: Elevated chance for showers, thunderstorms and snow

Apart from high winds up 30 mph in the Mountains and northern Foothills this morning through midday, Tuesday will be calm, sunny, and unseasonable warm.

  First Alert: Dense fog and ice concerns this morning

Low clouds and fog greet us this morning and they’ll be slow to burn off as today unfolds.

  Rain, freezing rain and icy wet roads to impact the WBTV viewing area

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.

  Cold sunshine today, First Alert Wednesday for ice and rain

A First Alert has been issued for Wednesday. It’s going to be a cold and wet day.

  After this morning’s rain, the next round will come midweek – bringing a potential wintry mix

First, widespread rain will impact the morning commute for everyone, with a short changeover to snow in the higher elevations of the mountains late in the morning.

Possible wintry Wednesday

Right now, we may be enjoying a nice, mild Sunday. However, temperatures will be taking a big turn in the week ahead!

  FIRST ALERT: Multiple rounds of rainy, winter winter weather move in next week

After a sunny Friday, skies will turn partly cloudy throughout the day Saturday as a cold front closes in on the region.