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Southern States First To Feel Effects Of Massive Winter Storm

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A fast-moving storm system is likely to bring snow to the Charlotte, N.C. area on Friday. The system bringing winter conditions to the Piedmont is expected to move into the high country Thursday night and move east across I-40 into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says there is a 70% chance of rain overnight Thursday from the North Carolina mountains as far south as the Charlotte area with a slight chance for snow as far east as Raleigh. A mix of rain and snow will develop around 3 a.m. on Friday and will move out closer to Noon.

There’s a lot of moisture tied to this system, but Charlotte isn’t expected to see much snow from this round. A deep freeze will track south from Canada towards the Carolinas with an inch of accumulation likely in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. A slight concern for ice, but mostly in the higher elevations. Temperatures will stay above freezing in Charlotte with a high of 38 degrees expected on Friday.

Weather Channel meteorologist Ray Stagich says this system is projected to be light compared to one coming as early next Monday.

“If this one doesn’t get everyone’s attention on the interwebs, believe it or not, there’s another chance of bringing snow to the south early next week. And maybe a better chance further south.”

Stagich analyzed both the American and European models for next week and says the system next week looks to be more powerful. It could bring a wintry mix to much of the south including Louisiana and Mississippi. A good time to visit the mountains and ski areas over the next five to seven days.