Wintry mix expected in Charlotte on Friday

A mix of snow and sleet is expected to descend on the Charlotte region early Friday, but forecasters aren’t expecting much accumulation, if any at all.

“At this time, we don’t see any accumulation,” James Oh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said Wednesday.

The chance of a wintry mix stands at 70 percent. Whether the mix will accumulate is still subject to change, Oh said.

Charlotte’s street maintenance department is keeping track of the storm but will wait until much closer to its predicted arrival before beginning to treat roads, said Linda Durrett, spokeswoman for the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

The threat of freezing rain on Jan. 14 prompted the department to send 12 trucks out to treat bridges and culverts with salt and/or salt brine the night before.

A developing low pressure system over the northern Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to track eastward along the Gulf Coast, and moisture ahead of the system is expected to spread over the Charlotte region and the N.C. mountains early Friday.

The mountains could see several inches of snow, depending on the elevation, Oh said.

The low ground temperature in the Charlotte region early Friday is forecast to be 34 or 35 degrees, Oh said, but the temperature will be lower in the air, thus spawning the chance of a winter mix, he said.

Rain is forecast to continue through Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, the Charlotte area should see sunshine again and a high of 52.

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