Snow, sleet ac­cu­mu­la­tions drop in Char­lotte’s week­end fore­cast

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY JOE MARUSAK AND MARK PRICE

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Char­lotte could see snow, sleet and rain this week­end and pos­si­bly early Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­cast at 2:52 p.m. Thursday.

Predictions call for a chance of snow be­fore 4 p.m. Saturday, rain and snow from 4 to 5 p.m., and a rain-snow-sleet mix from 5 to 9 p.m. The pre­cip­i­ta­tion is then ex­pected to be­come all rain, NWS me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

“Lit­tle or no snow and sleet ac­cu­mu­la­tion ex­pected” Saturday at Char­lotte Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port, ac­cord­ing to the 2:52 p.m. Thursday fore­cast up­date by the NWS of­fice in Greer, S.C.

Only a 30 per­cent chance of snow, rain and sleet is ex­pected Saturday af­ter­noon, with a 90per­cent chance of rain only af­ter 9 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the NWS fore­cast.

The high will be near 42 de­grees, which means lit­tle chance of any­thing freez­ing on roads.

Rain is likely again Sun­day un­til about noon, ac­cord­ing to the NWS, with the chance of pre­cip­i­ta­tion at 70 per­cent. Skies should then turn cloudy to mostly cloudy Sun­day night and Mon­day, the Greer of­fice re­ported.

The week­end fore­cast has changed mul­ti­ple times in re­cent days, with the NWS in­clud­ing freez­ing rain at one point in Saturday’s pre­dicted win­try mix and the pos­si­bil­ity of sleet and snow Sun­day morn­ing. The of­fi­cial fore­cast changed by the hour.

Ear­lier Thursday, snow had also been in the mix for Mon­day morn­ing.

In a haz­ardous weather out­look bul­letin posted for Char­lotte Thursday, the Greer of­fice ad­vised that tem­per­a­tures should be cold enough for snow and a win­try mix this week­end.

“How­ever, there is quite a bit of un­cer­tainty with this sys­tem re­gard­ing tim­ing, lo­ca­tion of win­try pre­cip­i­ta­tion, and pre­cip­i­ta­tion amounts,” ac­cord­ing to the NWS post.

NWS me­te­o­rol­o­gists ex­pect the low early Thursday to be 29 de­grees in Char­lotte, 27 de­grees early Fri­day, 32 early Saturday and 34 early Sun­day and early Mon­day. Highs should stay in the low- to mid- 40s Thursday through Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the NWS.

Parts of the N.C. moun­tains an­tic­i­pate at least a cou­ple of inches of snow this week­end.

Sev­eral inches are ex­pected in Watauga County, where state high­way crews plan to “prep roads” with brine on Fri­day, Ob­server news part­ner WBTV re­ported.

Two inches of snow could fall in Asheville, ac­cord­ing to a city tweet on Thursday.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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