by: Jim Bradley, Torie Wells Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The heavy rain has moved out of Charlotte with no flooding impact.
Charlotte saw almost 2.5 inches of rain.
The mountain snow started falling Wednesday morning, and icy travel is expected in that region.
Charlotte could see brief snow later in the morning, or midday.
The snow will not stick around for long.
However, if the snow is heavy enough, it could coat the grass briefly before melting.
Temperatures will plummet Wednesday afternoon as the sky clears.
The area will be seeing temperatures in the 30s by 4 p.m. and below freezing by 9 p.m.
Low temperatures could lead to a re-freeze Wednesday night.
The roads are expected to dry up overnight, but ice patches could remain.
Thanksgiving is expected to see temperatures in the mid-40s with clear skies.
There are winter storm warnings along the Tennessee line through Wednesday.
Weather making travel difficult for airline passengers
There are just a few cancellations, and a few more delays at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday but most flights are still on time.
However, the airport did lift a brief ground stop around 5 p.m. Tuesday after heavy winds caused some concern there.
Outside of the airport, there has been a lot of congestion at arrivals and departures and at some points, it has been near gridlock on the main road leading up to the airport.
There's no question Tuesday's weather is making a tough travel day even more complicated.
Today and tomorrow are the busiest days of the year at the airport with an estimated 26,000 local passengers, and many more connections with winter weather in the northeast likely to impact flights.
It hasn't been cold enough for any major deicing, but crews are on standby Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Storm creates headaches for motorists
The weather system which was named a Nor’easter Tuesday night is responsible for at least 10 deaths as roads became tough to navigate across the country.
Reports of 180 flight cancellations Tuesday and Wednesday nationwide are due to weather and mechanical reasons.
North Carolina state troopers said they have seen some weather-related crashes Tuesday across the area. Even though the rain isn't freezing late Tuesday afternoon, troopers remind drivers that speed and rain don't mix.
A major wreck involved an 18-wheeler that overturned and caught on fire on an Interstate 485 ramp but it is not known if the crash was weather related.
Huntersville Fire Department sent a tweet around 4 p.m. urging caution. It said it responded to three accidents in 16 minutes.
The concern isn't just about local traffic but also travel for the holidays. AAA said some may leave Tuesday to try to beat the next day's traffic.
AAA also said then when it's cold they get more calls because of dead batteries and lack of tire tread. Those are things to think about before a trip.
Slick roads making driving conditions dangerous in mountains
The North Carolina mountains could see the worst of this storm with bursts of snow later Tuesday night.
The area has already dealt with power outages and fallen trees earlier in the day.
North Carolina Department of Transportation workers are being put on call because of the severe weather.
NCDOT officials say they will be out all night monitoring the roads leading up into the mountains and checking if conditions worsen.
Many of the crews are preparing for a lot of different potential conditions this storm may bring like snow, ice, flooding, downed trees and power lines.
Power companies in this area are also on high alert.
Blue Ridge Electric said it will be monitoring power service to its customers overnight.
Drivers are being asked to use caution and allow extra travel time on the commute home.
A representative for the Highway Patrol said they are planning on having a state trooper every 20 miles along Interstate 40 beginning Wednesday and through Thanksgiving.
Winter weather advisories have been issued for the mountains and foothills, with a possibility of a quarter-inch buildup on trees and roads which could cause travel issues. In the event of power outages in the mountains, residents are encouraged to report them Blue Ridge Electric PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383.