A cold wave that might turn out to be the longest in several years is under way across the Carolinas, and some areas also are dealing with ice and snow Wednesday morning.
Snow did not fall in the immediate Charlotte area, but school systems in Anson and Richmond counties east of the city have delayed openings because of black ice concerns.
A deck of clouds arrived overnight, preventing temperatures from dropping into the teens as expected. But the clouds moved away before daybreak, and readings dived to near 20 degrees in Charlotte.
At 6 a.m., it was only 8 degrees in Boone.
In addition to missing out on the snow, the Charlotte area also avoided black ice problems. Precipitation was light Tuesday evening, and relatively warm ground conditions helped to dry streets before temperatures fell below freezing.
Road crews spread brine on streets in the region, but no problems were reported Wednesday morning.
As is usual with these events, heavy snow fell in North Carolinas mountains. A number of school systems are closed there on Wednesday.
Up to 8 inches was reported at Beech Mountain, with 6 inches in Newland and 5 to 8 inches in Mitchell County.
And as the low pressure system moved off the coast, it intensified Tuesday evening and brought snow to the eastern half of the state. Snow was reported in Anson, Richmond and Montgomery counties, although there were no accumulations there.
About a half-inch fell in Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh, but there were reports of up to 2 inches in Wilson and Tarboro. Snow also was reported along the Outer Banks.
The snow has ended, however, and now the cold weather will be the story.
Despite sunshine Wednesday, high temperatures are only expected to reach the low to mid 30s in Charlotte. Afternoon highs will recover a few degrees Thursday, forecasters say, but then another surge of cold air is expected to arrive early Friday.
That means lows Friday morning are predicted to be in the low to mid teens. Yet another blast of cold weather will arrive next Monday or Tuesday, forecasters say, after temperatures recover a bit over the weekend.
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