My text for the Charlotte region from

>> Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Travel will likely be difficult tomorrow morning


THIS AFTERNOON: Mostly cloudy. High 46.

TONIGHT: Sleet and snow spread in, changing to freezing rain around daybreak. Low 30.

THURSDAY: Freezing rain, changing to rain east of Charlotte. Travel problems are likely. High 33.


All data is indicating we have a fairly significant winter weather threat on our hands tonight into tomorrow. This is a fluid situation, but here is how I see things as of now.

Snow and sleet arrive late this evening and continue overnight. From I-85 north and west, 1-4" of snow are possible, with possibly a slushy inch or two east of I-85.

Around daybreak, we probably kick over to freezing rain, and the temperatures will really struggle to make if above freezing (if they do at all) north and west of I-85. I think the potential is there for 0.10" to 0.25" of ice as far south and east as the Charlotte metro.

Stay tuned. We will be there for you on television through the event.


Felipe Snark 1:28 PM  

What do you think about the persistent cold temperatures across the state and even into SC and GA although it's already 1:30pm? It's been sitting at 39F here Chapel Hill. I also noticed that the NWS added winter weather watches to northern GA and upstate SC; does that have to do with a stronger than expected CAD?

Anonymous 2:05 PM  

Could Cabarrus County schools close, instead of just a delay? I'm in the NW portion of Cabarrus, west of 85, so hopefully we'll get that 1-4"?

Matthew East 2:28 PM  

Well, it looks like the Charlotte region made it into the mid 40s as expected.

The added watches and warnings are due to the fact that they are a little more confident of accumulations in those areas now.

As far as schools are concerned, I have no idea. There will probably be some slick spots on roads, but each school system makes their own decision.

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