Forecasters say parts of North Carolinas mountains could get their biggest snowfall of the season Tuesday night and early Wednesday as a strong late-winter storm passes to the north of the Charlotte area.
Meanwhile, there also will be a threat of severe thunderstorms Tuesday evening to the southwest of Charlotte.
The bad weather is being caused by the same storm responsible for heavy snow Monday night and Tuesday in the Midwest. As it pushes to the Atlantic Coast late Tuesday and Wednesday, the storm is expected to produce heavy snow across West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
A winter storm warning is posted for a number of N.C. counties, including Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey. National Weather Service meteorologists say 7 to 9 inches are possible at higher elevations, with 2 to 4 inches in mountain valleys. About an inch is forecast to Asheville.
National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Sturey said rain is expected to push into the N.C. mountains Tuesday evening and change to snow overnight. At the same time, strong thunderstorms could form in advance of a cold front accompanying the low pressure system. Forecasters say the most likely area for severe storms will be in northeast Georgia and the Greenville-Spartanburg area, but a few of the storms could approach the Charlotte region later Tuesday night.
By Wednesday morning, much colder temperatures are expected to filter into the Carolinas, changing the rain to snow. A few snow showers are even possible in the Charlotte area Wednesday morning, but no accumulations are predicted.
Partial clearing is predicted later Wednesday morning, but it will be a cold and windy day.
The storm system off the Atlantic coast will be bringing a cold northwest flow into the Carolinas, and temperatures will struggle to climb out of the lower 40s in Charlotte.
Much nicer conditions will follow later in the week. With sunny skies predicted each day, highs are expected to be in the mid 50s Thursday, the upper 50s Friday, near 60 degrees Saturday, and in the mid 60s Sunday.
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