• Wintry weather heading to area Sunday morning


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The top weather story is the dramatically deteriorating  conditions facing us this weekend as a powerful storm just to the west moves in.

    The warm and balmy weather will be completely turn around by Sunday.

    A round of rain moved through overnight, and Severe Weather Center 9 is still tracking spotty showers Saturday morning.

    Here’s the breakdown:

    Saturday: The chances of rain remain fairly low Saturday, but you can't rule out a few stray showers/drizzle throughout the day.

    Southeast of the Lake Norman area we are still running in the 60s. Colder air will move in throughout the day; as a result, it will be warmer Saturday morning than it will be later Saturday.

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    The front moves back through the area overnight. At the same time, the arctic air will settle in and temperatures will plunge.  Severe Weather Center 9 is still expecting a cold rain throughout the day on Sunday.

    Across the mountains and foothills, freezing rain is likely early in the day. There could be ice accumulations up to a quarter-inch, which will mean very messy traveling conditions and trees/power lines will likely be knocked down, which could lead to widespread power outages.

    There are numerous winter weather advisories, including a winter storm warning, winter storm watches, an ice storm warning, freezing rain advisories for the High Country and along the Interstate 40 corridor. These are in effect until Sunday evening.

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    By Sunday afternoon, warmer air will move back in and any precipitation will be in the form of rain.

    Monday: There still could be ice in spots early Monday morning for the mountains/foothills. Highs in Charlotte will returns to the upper 50s. Rain will continue through Tuesday.

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