The ice and slippery roads that dogged Monday afternoon commuters in the Charlotte region should be clear before the sun sets Tuesday as sunshine returns along with a much warmer high temperature near 56 degrees.
But early morning reports from outlying areas suggested that slick spots were still a concern in some places.
“Many roads and bridges in Gaston County are still experiencing icy conditions, especially in the northern and western portions of the county,” a report from the Gaston County Police Department said.
Forecasters had called for freezing rain to arrive earlier Monday, and a winter weather advisory was in place until 7 p.m. Still, many seemed surprised when icy conditions set in so quickly in the afternoon after a fairly uneventful day, as far as weather goes.
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Medic responded to 64 wrecks in Mecklenburg County by about 11 p.m. Monday, mostly in the afternoon and evening, according to a count reported on Twitter. Several people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, according to the Twitter reports.
Medic confirmed that a school bus was involved in a wreck on Monroe Road in Matthews that caused minor injuries to some aboard, but other details were not immediately available.
But the worst of the latest winter storm appears to be behind us. Tuesday night the chance for rain or showers drops to 30 percent. The low is expected to be about 37, according to the National Weather Service.
By Wednesday the clouds and wet weather should be behind us, with a mostly sunny sky in the forecast, along with a mild high near 56 and a low around 33.
More sunshine is expected Thursday and Friday with highs in the low to mid-50s. The low is expected to be round 33 Thursday and falling only to about 44 Friday.
The weekend is expected to be especially warm and sunny, with highs Saturday and Sunday climbing to about 64 and lows in the 40s.
Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms