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Winter weather advisory lingers in Charlotte area until Monday evening

WBTV First Alert forecast for 02.15.16

WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for Feb. 15, 2016.
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WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for Feb. 15, 2016.

What a relief. Although a winter weather advisory continues through 7 p.m. Monday – with sleet and freezing rain still a possibility for the Charlotte region – roads were clear for the morning commute.

Monday has a 60 percent chance for precipitation, with a wintery mix of freezing rain possible before 3 p.m., changing to rain by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Little or no accumulation is expected, but the city’s street maintenance crews are on standby, ready to treat trouble spots, according to Charlotte Department of Transportation.

Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have the day off, although Monday’s forecast has improved over earlier reports that called for some snow overnight and small accumulations of sleet or freezing rain Monday. CMS employees have a “Code A” day, which gives teachers an optional work day.

The city of Charlotte and Charlotte Area Transit System will operate on a normal schedule.

The high for Presidents Day is expected to be near 34 degrees, with nearly an inch of rain possible overnight and a low of about 48 by 4 a.m. Tuesday.

With a storm sweeping through communities from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport recommend that travelers check in with their airline for flight status before leaving home.

American Airlines alone has canceled dozens of flights in and out of Charlotte, a hub for the carrier, according to spokeswoman Katie Cody.

Tuesday will bring a 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11 a.m. The high is expected to reach 56, with a low of about 37 early Wednesday.

Sunshine should return Wednesday, when the high is expected to be near 56, followed by a low around 32, forecasters say.

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Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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