Rain that spread into the Charlotte metro region Tuesday morning is falling as snow in parts of the North Carolina mountains, giving a number of students another snow day.
The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for accumulating snow today, especially at altitudes of 3,500 feet and above, where 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected.
Schools are closed today in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watauga counties. Caldwell Community Colleges Watauga campus will open at noon, and the Yancey County Schools are opening on a two-hour delay.
At lower altitudes, the precipitation is a cold rain. Temperatures at 8 a.m. are mostly in the upper 30s across the Piedmont and foothills, with light to occasionally moderate rain falling. There have been a few reports of sleet pellets mixing with the rain, but no accumulations are expected.
Forecasters say the rain will continue into the early-afternoon hours before ending. A few peeks of sunshine are possible before sunset, and afternoon temperatures are predicted to reach the upper 40s.
Wednesday is expected to be much nicer, with sunshine and highs in the mid 50s. Thursdays sunshine, with highs in the upper 50s, will fade behind increasing clouds, as the next low pressure system approaches from the Gulf of Mexico. Light rain and chilly conditions are expected again Friday, with daytime highs only in the low 40s.
A stronger low pressure system is forecast to arrive Friday night, and computer models indicate up to 1.5 inches of rain could fall between late Friday night and daybreak Saturday.
The rest of the weekend -- Saturday afternoon and Sunday -- is predicted to be much nicer, with afternoon highs in the mid to upper 50s.
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