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Wintry mix in weekend forecast for North Carolina as high wind gusts move in today

The latest snow forecast, storm track for Charlotte, NC

Charlotte North Carolina could be seeing snow for the first time in 2019. The latest forecast from WBTV calls for snow showers on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend of January 12, 2019.
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Charlotte North Carolina could be seeing snow for the first time in 2019. The latest forecast from WBTV calls for snow showers on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend of January 12, 2019.

This story was updated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A combination of snow and rain is forecast at some point Saturday for North Carolina, including both Charlotte and Raleigh, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, wind gusts as high as 28 mph and colder night time temperatures in the upper 20s are moving into the Charlotte region Wednesday.

Forecasters believe any wintry mix would likely fall after 4 p.m. in the Charlotte area Saturday, with an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday night. The low after dark will be 34 degrees. In Raleigh, the precipitation will start after 7 p.m. Saturday, says the NWS.

“A low pressure system will bring precipitation to the area Friday night through Sunday. Temperatures may be cold enough for the precipitation to fall as snow or a wintry mix,” said a Tuesday National Weather Service update.

“However, there is quite a bit of uncertainty with this system regarding timing, location of wintry precipitation, and precipitation amounts.”

It’s the track of the low pressure system that remains uncertain, reports WFMY. “Too far east and we’ll stay dry, too far west and we’ll see all rain. If the low tracks right up the coast, then we’ll have the best chance for snow around here,” the station reports.

The high across the state that day will be about 40 degrees and the low 34, NWS forecasters say.

The Weather Channel says temperatures could fall to 33 degrees Saturday in the Charlotte area, and the chance of rain and snow is closer to 70 percent.

Fox 46 is reporting “areas along and north of Interstate 85 could be the most impacted by this system.”

With forecasts calling for wintry weather for the East Coast & parts of the South, take some time now to put blankets, a shovel, & road salt/sand in your car. It’s best to stay off the roads but if you must drive, let someone know your route & whe

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