Wintry conditions are retreating in the Charlotte region after one more very cold morning, but North Carolinas mountains could get another taste of snow Tuesday morning, forecasters say.
Meteorologists say temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 50s Monday afternoon across the area, and that likely will melt away the last of Saturdays snowfall. But the warm-up is coming after another very cold morning.
Temperatures dropped to an unofficial low of 20 degrees in Charlotte, but there were colder readings in the area.
Some of the chilly temperatures included 16 degrees at Salisbury and New London in northern Stanly County; 17 in Lexington; 18 in Albemarle, Concord, Morganton, Taylorsville and Wadesboro; and 19 in Hamlet, Lancaster, Lincolnton, Matthews, Shelby, and Statesville.
Low 20s were reported in Camden, Gastonia and Rock Hill.
The next precipitation in the region is forecast Tuesday morning. Forecasters say it will fall as rain across most of the area, with very light amounts expected. But it will start as snow late Monday night in the mountains, and the National Weather Service has issued an advisory for Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, where 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate.
Forecasters say the rain will end by midday Tuesday in Charlotte, and partial clearing is possible by late afternoon, with highs in the middle 50s.
After a nice day Wednesday, another rainy system is predicted to arrive late Thursday, continuing until Saturday morning.