• Cold front brings snow to the mountains, frigid temps to Charlotte

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Snow ended up not being a threat to the Charlotte area since there wasn't much moisture accompanying Wednesday night's cold front.

    However, the mountains saw some snow Wednesday evening and ice in the early morning Thursday was a threat for the High Country as temperatures fell to the teens.

    The metro area just missed the snowfall Wednesday evening -- Raleigh actually had more snow (a light dusting on the grass there). Dry skies are expected thoughout Thursday.

    Temperatures will only warm to the mid-40s Thursday -- where they sat for lows just two mornings ago. Another wave of cold air is on the way to start the weekend, but other than some light mountain snow, it will come in dry.

    The chance for any wet weather in Charlotte for Friday has been dropped from the forecast. High temperatures will warm back to the 50s by the end of the weekend.

    Temperatures will run below normal for the first time in six days, only reaching the mid-40s and another blast of cold air arrives late Friday.

    Highs will stay in the mid-40s for Saturday but will return to the lower 50s by Sunday. It will be the first completely dry weekend since before Christmas.

    Snow falls in mountains

    Wednesday was a snowy day in the mountains where there was a winter weather advisory.

    "I was working up here today, and (the snow) started about 9 a.m.," Mike Stachnik said.

    "Extremely cold," Noah Lockamy said. "It's been snowing most of the day, and I'm just over the cold. It's been brutal."

    Snow was a constant in Blowing Rock. The North Carolina Department of Transportation pretreated much of the roadways, but drivers still worried with the moisture and plunging temperatures.

    "I have to head back to Charlotte early tomorrow morning so I'm hoping it's a smooth ride back down the mountain," Stachnik said.

    Weather conditions could cause I-40 to be hazardous

    The cold front hitting the mountains will move east, and areas along Interstate 40 could still see a few flakes fall Wednesday night.

    Roads could turn hazardous as a result of ice, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which is readying snow plows.

    One motorist said she is concerned about others not used to driving in the snow.

    "Everybody should take caution (with the) road conditions, and if there's any compromised road hazards, be careful. Stay home if you can," April Chester said.

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