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Cold blast coming; snow showers possible Tuesday

The second blast of arctic air this month is taking aim at the Carolinas and the rest of the eastern United States, and forecasters say some light snow could accompany the front into Charlotte on Tuesday evening.

Behind the front, temperatures will struggle to reach 32 degrees on Wednesday and again Friday, after a second cold front crosses the region.

The cold blast is expected to be dry, although National Weather Service meteorologists say rain showers are possible with the front’s passage Tuesday afternoon and evening. And, they say, the air will be cold enough for the rain to change to snow.

At this point, the forecast is only for a 30 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday evening, and no snow accumulation is forecast.

Accu-Weather, the Pennsylvania-based private meteorological company, is advising that roads could get slippery Tuesday night, as temperatures plummet after the rain and snow falls.

Meanwhile, a winter storm watch is posted for North Carolina’s mountains. Meteorologists say 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected for most of the mountain areas, but 5 or 6 inches will be possible in higher elevations Tuesday and Tuesday night.

The snow will be whipped around by northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 45 mph.

Breezy conditions are also expected in the Piedmont on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Morning lows Wednesday will be near 15 degrees in Charlotte, with afternoon highs near 32.

Although it will be cold, forecasters don’t expect it to be quite as bone-chilling as the 6-degree morning lows that Charlotte got earlier this month.

Slight recovery is forecast Thursday, with highs back in the low 40s. But another cold front will cross the region later Thursday. So on Friday, the high again will be 32 after morning lows around 15.

A slow warming trend is predicted for the weekend.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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