Dense fog advisory issued for Catawba, Iredell and other counties

A dense fog advisory has been issued until 9 a.m. for the N.C. foothills and western Piedmont, including Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell and Rutherford counties.

Temperatures have cooled across parts of Western North Carolina where moisture remains high, the National Weather Service reported. As a result, an area of dense fog has formed in the area and isn’t expected to dissipate until about 9 a.m.

Visibility is 1/4 to 1/2 mile at times, so slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you, the Weather Service advises. Watch out for children near school bus stops.

In the Charlotte region, Monday’s frigid rain will eventually give way to sunshine and warmer temperatures Tuesday and throughout the week.

Only a slight chance of rain remains before 1 p.m. Tuesday, and skies will be partly sunny as the temperature rises to about 52 degrees.

That’s a far cry from Monday, when temperatures stuck to the high 30s after sunset.

Skies will clear by Tuesday evening, and all sun is forecast into the weekend.

Temperatures will stay at about 51 on Wednesday, dipping to 49 on Thursday and then rising to 52 on Friday, 54 on Saturday, 56 on Sunday and a downright balmy 59 on Monday.

The N.C. mountains will be another story Tuesday, as snow showers are likely, with less than an inch of accumulation during the day and 1 to 2 inches Tuesday night. Snow also is possible Wednesday, although accumulations are expected to be light.

Avery County Schools are operating on a 2-hour delay for students. Faculty and staff are reporting on a regular schedule if it is safe for them to do so.