Don’t let the warmth of Saturday’s sun fool you. After days of bitter cold temperatures it’s going to get colder before the Charlotte region sees some snow – starting Sunday night – then sleet or freezing rain that will turn to rain Monday afternoon.
Temperatures the next two days will be 15 to 20 degrees below normal before they begin rising on Tuesday, said Scott Krentz, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Greer, S.C.
That will be most apparent Sunday at daybreak – before storm clouds move in – when the low is expected to have plunged into the mid-teens and with 10 mph winds making it feel like 9 to 11 degrees, Krentz said.
Saturday, Joe Caldwell of Charlotte got a brisk run in with his dog Rosco before the region’s coldest air of the winter moved in Saturday evening.
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“In the sun, it doesn’t feel too bad once you build up a sweat,” Caldwell said. “I understand Sunday and Monday is going to be a different matter. That’s why we got out now. Rosco was beginning to get a little anxious to get outdoors.”
Accumulated snow could be up to an inch in the Charlotte area, Krentz said, with a thin layer of sleet or freezing rain falling on top.
In the sun, it doesn’t feel too bad once you build up a sweat. I understand Sunday and Monday is going to be a different matter. That’s why we got out now. Rosco was beginning to get a little anxious to get outdoors.
Joe Caldwell, running with dog Rosco
A few hours of snow or an icy mix will have little trouble sticking to sidewalks and roads on Monday because of the weekend’s cold temperatures.
“The ice won’t be enough to cause damage, but it could make the Monday morning commute interesting,” Krentz said.
With that in mind, Charlotte’s transportation department continued to salt brine several areas during the weekend. They include: bridges and main roads; hospital entrances; areas requested by police, fire and Medic and emergency locations, said city spokeswoman Kate Luck.
“We’ll do a conference call Sunday night to see if anything else needs to be done before Monday,” Luck said Saturday.
Likewise, state transportation department workers are out this weekend treating major roads, a spokeswoman said.
The mountains are expected to get more snow – with up to 2 inches in the southern mountains and a half-foot in the northern, Krentz said.
That’s welcome news for ski resorts, though temperatures are expected to fall into single digits, with wind chill that could feel below zero.
The sun’s shining and it’s a typical Saturday. It’s a great ski day if you’re dressed properly.
Talia Freeman, Beech Mountain Resort spokeswoman
By mid-afternoon Saturday, Beech Mountain Resort reported the temperature at 4 degrees – but it certainly felt colder with wind gusts to 23 mph.
The ski resort said that it’s received 22 inches of fresh snow the past three days and won’t be making snow this weekend, despite the federal Presidents Day holiday on Monday.
The cold wasn’t keeping skiers away, spokeswoman Talia Freeman said. “The sun’s shining and it’s a typical Saturday,” Freeman said. “It’s a great ski day if you’re dressed properly.”
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