Warmer temperatures in the Charlotte area on Saturday will last only a few hours, as an Arctic cold front sweeps into the area Saturday night and the region’s first snow of the year is expected Monday and possibly Tuesday.
“We could have a couple of inches in the Charlotte area,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Krentz said Friday night.
At least an inch is expected to fall, he said.
An unseasonably cold air mass will support snow as the primary precipitation on Monday.
The potential for snow will continue into Tuesday, possibly mixed with sleet or rain during the day, according to forecasts Friday night.
Still, forecasters cautioned that considerable uncertainty remained Friday night over the weather system and its potential impact.
The weekend will be sunny, with temperatures hitting 47 degrees Saturday afternoon. But conditions will rapidly change, with Sunday’s high expected to reach only 31 degrees.
Sunday night is forecast to plummet to 16 degrees, with Monday’s high reaching 34 degrees.
NWS meteorologist Scott Dixon said people should watch for the possibility of black ice on the roads Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.