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Snow, sleet likely headed to Charlotte region

Charlotte could see at least 2 inches of snow and sleet from a storm hitting the region late Sunday through Tuesday afternoon, while north Mecklenburg and surrounding counties can expect twice that amount or more, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Four inches could hit north Mecklenburg and 5 inches could fall in Iredell and Catawba counties, NWS meteorologist John Tomko said Saturday.

Strong winds knocked down power lines Saturday night, leaving about 1,570 homes in Mecklenburg County without electricity. Temperatures were forecast to plummet to 20 overnight Saturday and reach a high of only 30 degrees on Sunday, which will be sunny. The wind chill was expected to fall to near zero by daybreak Sunday.

The chance of snow is 50 percent for Charlotte during the day on Monday. Snow accumulation of less than an inch is possible.

The chance of snow and sleet is 60 percent Monday night and 70 percent on Tuesday. Freezing rain and sleet is likely before noon Tuesday, with rain or freezing rain between noon and 1 p.m., and rain after 1 p.m.

Rain and snow stands at a 40-percent chance Tuesday night, according to the latest NWS forecasts.

The precipitation will finally move out by Wednesday. Partly sunny skies are forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, although it will remain cold. Thursday’s high is forecast to be only 29 degrees.

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