Our system that will bring a wintry mix to the Carolinas is approaching and will begin affecting far western portions in less than 24 hours. The latest model data is in and I have made minor changes to the forecast.
Models continue to show a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain for the Carolinas. Snow is most likely in the mountains and foothills, with snow, sleet, and freezing rain expected around I-85. East of I-95 will struggle with warm ground temperatures and these areas are expected to remain a cold rain.
I updated my snow forecast and have issued my second forecast map. I will issue a third and final forecast map Saturday morning. There was a change to extend the 10-20 snow accumulation into the foothills of western NC.
I also updated the totals for the triad; however, there may be issues with the temperature in the atmosphere. If the temperature aloft warms above freezing, then the snow will change to sleet. That is why I kept those areas in the 6-12 inch category.
For Charlotte, I increased the estimated totals to 2-5 because of the upper level temperature being a little cooler and the ground temperature hovering around freezing. I expect some locations in the green and light blue shading on the map to receive over a quarter of an inch of ice from this system.
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