Weather temporary

4 to 6 inches of snow forecast for Wednesday night

Tuesday’s snowfall in the Charlotte area had pretty much ended by late morning, but the area remains under a winter storm watch for Wednesday.

Accumulations varied in the area from a half inch to 1 1/2 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Hinson said.

The National Weather Service said 4 to 6 inches of snow could fall starting Wednesday night.

Grappling with snow

Tuesday’s snow prompted Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell-Statesville Schools and several districts in the Hickory area to close for the day. For a full list of closings, click here. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are operating on a normal schedule, the district said.

A CMS bus was involved in an accident Tuesday morning, and two students were being evaluated after reporting injuries, spokesman Brian Hacker said. Bus 1776 was heading to David Cox Road Elementary with seven students on board, he said.

Medic reported there were no serious injuries from the accident that occurred about 8:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of McIntyre Avenue.

At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, deicing operations were set up to start at 5:30 a.m., spokeswoman Lee Davis said. She urged passengers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport, as there have been some flight delays. Deicing and limited visibility are adding 20 to 25 minutes to time on the ground, according to the airport.

N.C. Department of Transportation had 20 of its trucks and 14 contract trucks putting salt on bridges and overpasses Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Jordan-Ashley Walker said.

The high temperature is expected to reach 34 Tuesday.

What’s in store next

Wednesday’s weather could get dicey. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for the Charlotte area and Western North Carolina for Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m.

Meteorologist Scott Krentz said the precipitation will start as rain late Wednesday afternoon, then transition to snow when the sun goes down.

The low Wednesday should be around 32 degrees. But ice should not be an issue during this storm, Krentz said.

To prepare for the Wednesday storm, N.C. DOT will be putting brine on interstates and four-lane divided highways roads once they dry out, Walker said. She said that work likely would start late Tuesday.

Likewise, the Charlotte Department of Transportation is also planning to put down brine Tuesday and Wednesday on main roads, bridges, overpasses and other sites, spokeswoman Doreen Szymanski said.

The precipitation should start to move out of the area by early Thursday and be gone by sunrise.

There is a chance of rain or snow showers Thursday, but Friday should be sunny.

Bell: 704-358-5696;

Twitter: @abell

Related stories from Charlotte Observer

  Comments