The steady stream of storm systems moving across the country will bring a couple more rounds of wet weather to the Carolinas in coming days, including the threat of sleet and freezing rain early Saturday in higher elevations northwest of Charlotte.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Friday night and Saturday morning in all of Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, and in the mountain areas of Burke, Caldwell and McDowell counties.
National Weather Service meteorologists say a half-inch of sleet and one-tenth of an inch of ice are possible in those areas. That would be enough to cause some travel problems Saturday morning, before the precipitation turns to rain.
Forecasters say it will be all rain in the immediate Charlotte area, with temperatures falling into the upper 30s overnight.
The precipitation will follow a quiet Friday, with sunshine fading behind thickening clouds. Highs on Friday will be near 50 degrees.
The rain is expected to end around noon Saturday, with some breaks of sunshine possible later in the afternoon. High temperatures are predicted to reach the low 50s.
The remainder of the year is forecast to be quiet, with a chilly and breezy day Sunday, and a mix of sun and clouds Monday. Highs on Sunday wont climb above the mid 40s, while low 50s are predicted for Monday. But by Monday afternoon, a second low pressure system will be approaching. That will bring more rain, beginning sometime after midnight on New Years Eve and continuing into the daytime hours Tuesday.
High temperatures on New Years Day will reach the upper 40s.
Wednesday is expected to be dry and cool, and then a third storm system will cross the region at night. This time, meteorologists say, temperatures might be chilly enough in the immediate Charlotte area for a bit of snow to mix with the rain. Accumulating snow is possible in the mountains and possibly the northern foothills.
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