Another wintry mix expected in Charlotte on Saturday before turning to rain

Another wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected in the Charlotte region starting a couple of hours after daybreak Saturday, but it will eventually be replaced by all rain, National Weather Service meteorologist John Tomko said Friday.

“We’ve got some light snow moving in in the morning, then mixing with sleet around noon, then perhaps mixing with a little sleet right after,” Tomko said.

The wintry mix could last for about five hours before changing to all rain, Tomko said.

Accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be minimal, according to the latest National Weather Service forecasts, but slippery spots are likely on roads where precipitation does fall.

The good news is that the record-setting cold spell in Charlotte this week will end Saturday morning, when the low is forecast to be 22 degrees.

Friday’s overnight low of 7 degrees bested the previous low for Feb. 20, which was 13, set in 1896, National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Moore said. At 5 p.m. Friday, the temperature was 31 degrees.

Thursday also set a record in Charlotte for the lowest high temperature, which was 26. That beat the previous record of 34, set in 1972. But Thursday’s low temperature of 12 degrees did not beat the record of 8 for the low, which came in 1958.

The city of Charlotte reported eight water main breaks Thursday, mostly because of the cold weather. All were fixed by early Friday, but at least one new break was reported Friday on South Hoskins Road. Crews were still working there Friday evening.

Saturday’s high is expected to be 39 degrees. The low into early Sunday will be about 35 degrees.

Rain will likely continue Sunday, when the high is forecast to be 54 degrees. Only a slight chance of rain remains Sunday night and Monday, when the high could reach 43.

No hazardous weather is expected Sunday through next Thursday, according to the weather service. No precipitation is expected Tuesday through Thursday, although highs will remain in the low- to mid-40s.

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