The Charlotte region awoke to a winter-like chill on Tuesday morning, with lows dipping into the upper 20s.
A winter weather advisory, meanwhile, is in effect for the N.C. mountains, where light snow showers were reducing visibility Tuesday morning. Black ice and gusty winds were reported, and wind chills were at minus-5 degrees in some areas. The school systems in Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watauga counties were closed to students for the day.
At 7 a.m. on Mount Mitchell, the air temperature was minus-1. With the wind chill, it was minus-30 degrees. The temperature in Boone was 13 degrees.
In the Charlotte area, while sunshine will replace Monday’s all-day rains, Tuesday will be much cooler. Highs are forecast to reach only into the upper 30s during the day.
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Tuesday night gets even colder, with lows of around 19 degrees expected, according to the latest National Weather Service forecasts.
Highs will gradually improve to 42 on Wednesday and 52 on Thursday and Friday under sunny to mostly sunny skies.
Showers will likely stay away until Sunday, when the chance of rain climbs to 40 percent. But so will the temperatures, with what will seem like a balmy 57 by Sunday.
Staff Writer Steve Lyttle contributed.