Bone-chilling rain is falling across much of the Charlotte region Friday morning, and some of the precipitation fell earlier in the day as snow, sleet and freezing rain to the north.
The wintry precipitation caused officials in a number of school systems, including several in the Charlotte area, to open late Friday. A few systems in the mountains are closed for the day.
Forecasters say there won’t be any frozen precipitation in Charlotte, and the National Weather Service has ended an earlier winter weather advisory for most foothills and mountain counties. An advisory for light sleet and freezing rain continues only in Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties.
But it’s not a pleasant day across the region.
At mid-morning, temperatures ranged from near freezing in the northern part of the region to the upper 30s in Charlotte and the nearby South Carolina counties. It also was in the upper 30s in Union, Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell at times overnight in the mountains and across northern North Carolina, in a corridor from Wilkes County across Forsyth and Guilford counties and even into Wake County near Raleigh.
Authorities say roads are generally in good shape.
Most of the precipitation north of Lake Norman has ended for now. A bit of light rain is possible over the next few hours, but National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Hinson said, “Any additional glaze should be limited to elevated surfaces” in the higher mountain areas.
A few more showers are moving toward the Charlotte area, but forecasters say there likely will be a break in the significant rainfall for several hours in the afternoon. Temperatures won’t budge, however, remaining in the mid and upper 30s.
Another area of rain is predicted to arrive by late afternoon or evening, then continue into Saturday morning.
This time, said National Weather Service meteorologist Pat Moore, “It will be all liquid.”
The rain is expected to end by midday Saturday, with temperatures rebounding to the lower 50s. A much more significant improvement is forecast Sunday, with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 60s.
Then another rain system will arrive Monday, bringing a return of cooler temperatures.
Here is a look at conditions across the region, to the north of Charlotte, at 10 a.m.:
Lincoln County: Precipitation fell as rain, and temperatures are around 35 degrees. No problems reported.
Rutherford County: Some sleet overnight, but temperatures in mid 30s. Roads in good shape.
McDowell County: Some light sleet and freezing rain accumulations reported, especially above 3,000 feet. Marion’s temperature is 33 degrees. Schools on regular schedule.
Burke County: About an inch of sleet reported at Jonas Ridge. Sleet and freezing rain fell in areas above 3,000 feet. 35 degrees in Morganton.
Watauga County: About 1 inch of sleet and snow at Blowing Rock. Some sleet and ice in Boone, where it’s 31 degrees. Secondary roads partially ice-covered. Schools closed. Appalachian State University on normal schedule. Caldwell Community College’s Watauga campus opened at 10 a.m.
Yancey County: Sleet and snow fell above 3,000 feet, and roads are slippery. Schools opened on three-hour delay.
Mitchell County: Several reports of 1 to 1.5 inches of sleet and snow. Burnsville’s temperature is 32 degrees. Schools opened on a three-hour delay.
Caldwell County: Some sleet and freezing rain earlier at higher elevations, but roads are generally in good shape. Lenoir temperature is 33 degrees. Schools opened on two-hour delay.
Catawba County: The dominant precipitation type has been rain, and Hickory’s temperature is 35 degrees. No problems reported.
Alexander County: Some sleet and freezing rain fell overnight in higher elevations, but Taylorsville temperature is 34. Schools opened on two-hour delay.
Iredell County: Overnight precipitation was mostly rain, although some sleet and snow accumulated briefly in the Harmony-Union Grove area. Roads wet. Statesville temperature is 34. Schools opened on two-hour delay.
Wilkes County: Numerous reports of sleet and freezing rain earlier. Some slippery spots on secondary roads, but main roads are in good shape. Schools are closed, and Wilkes Community College opened at 10 a.m. North Wilkesboro temperature is 33 at 10 a.m.
Ashe County: Snow and sleet fell above 3,000 feet, and roads are slippery in spots. Schools are closed, including Mayland Community College. West Jefferson temperature is 31 degrees at 10 a.m.
Avery County: Sleet and freezing rain reported above 3,000 feet. Schools closed. Roads slippery in spots. Temperatures around freezing.
Alleghany County: About a half-inch of sleet reported in Sparta. Roads slippery in spots. Schools closed.
Surry County: Sleet fell overnight but turned to rain. Roads in good shape. Mount Airy temperature at 10 a.m. is 33.
Greensboro: About 1/4 inch of sleet and freezing rain fell, but roads are in good shape.
Winston-Salem: About 1/4 inch of sleet and freezing rain. Roads in good shape.
Raleigh: Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell during the night, but precipitation was light. Roads in good shape.
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