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If you’ve been waiting to SEE snow, this may just be your week!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – As always, the big question will be – how much sticks to the ground?

We are still too far out to get an accurate read on snowfall totals but there are some things that are coming into better focus.

Timing – The precipitation should move in late Thursday evening and last into late Friday. It moves out in time for the weekend.

What will we get? Since there is plenty of cold air above the surface, this seems like it will be either rain or snow. Any time we can avoid freezing rain, it is a good day!

Who will SEE snow? It seems likely that everyone from the mountains to the foothills to Charlotte should at least see it falling at some point. If you get farther east or into South Carolina, your chances look a bit lower.

How much will we get? That’s the million-dollar question.

It doesn’t look like anyone will get huge totals. We aren’t talking about 6. 8. 10 inches this time around.

A couple of inches of snow seems more reasonable for the mountains and foothills.

Charlotte is always tough. We will likely be on the bubble for a rain/ snow mix – again! Interestingly enough, most of the models never take the surface temperatures below freezing for Hickory or Charlotte during the whole event.

That obviously works against us.

But if the above freezing layer is shallow and snow comes down hard and fast enough, it can overcome that. There could be at least be a slushy coating on elevated surfaces in parts of Charlotte.

Nothing can be easy in the weather department in the winter, can it?

We’ll be watching this all week and keeping you up to date!

Meteorologist Leigh Brock

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Timing – The precipitation should move in late Thursday evening and last into late Friday.

Here’s where we’re seeing snowfall across the WBTV viewing area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A winter storm is moving through the WBTV viewing area. Schools have changed learning plans and businesses have closed as areas see snowfall and wintry weather.

Below are Friday updates as snow falls across the WBTV viewing area

Friday 7 p.m.

Snow will taper off early tonight, with overnight low temperatures cooling into the 20s by Saturday morning. Concerns for icy roads will mainly be confined to the NC mountains and foothills, yet some icy spots will be possible across the piedmont. Some patchy freezing fog may develop as well.

Mostly sunny skies return for Saturday afternoon, with high temperatures ranging from the upper 40s in the piedmont, to lower 30s in the mountains. The mountains may even have some snow flurries earlier in the day.

Mostly sunny skies return for Sunday, with a cold morning and cool afternoon. Sunday morning low temperatures will range from the upper teens for the mountains to upper 20s for the piedmont. Sunday afternoon will feature highs in the lower 50s for the piedmont, with upper 30s for the mountains.

Another First Alert has been issued for late Monday into early Tuesday, yet that is also a low confidence forecast, with only scattered rain expected for the piedmont, with scattered wintry mix for the mountains. Monday and Tuesday afternoon high temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

More sunshine returns for Wednesday and Thursday, with low to mid 50s.

A few rain showers will be possible by late in the day Friday, with afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid 50s.

Stay safe and warm this weekend!

Meteorologist Jason Myers

Friday 5:30 p.m.

Snow is expected to continue through Friday evening, tapering off early in the night. Temperatures have been the biggest issue for the Piedmont, working against the snowfall accumulations, yet temperatures will continue to cool this evening, with more snow developing.

Snow is expected to continue through this evening, tapering off early tonight. Temperatures have been the biggest issue for the piedmont, working against the snowfall accumulations, yet temperatures will continue to cool this evening, with more snow developing. #wbtv pic.twitter.com/1mEssjeLjG

Around 4 p.m., WBTV began receiving reports, photos and videos of snow in other areas of our viewing area.

This video came from downtown Gastonia, where snow began to fall around 4:15 p.m.

WBTV’s Courtney Cole was at the scene of what was becoming a winter wonderland in Gastonia Friday afternoon by 5:30 p.m.

It’s a winter wonderland here in Gastonia. ❄️⛄️Snow is sticking to the grass and the roads,so pump your brakes and be careful as you’re driving this evening. #GastoniaWX #winterwx @WBTV_News #WBTVandme pic.twitter.com/JNnv0hfrBT

— Courtney Cole WBTV (@imcourtneyjcole) January 8, 2021

David Whisenant captured video of snow coming down in Salisbury around 5:30 p.m.

Took a while to get going, but it’s now snowing in Salisbury. #SnoWBTV pic.twitter.com/5OwgNl8gDW

— David Whisenant WBTV (@DavidWhisenant) January 8, 2021

WBTV’s Morgan Newell captured videos of snow coming down in the South Carolina portion of the viewing area including Rock Hill and Clover.

WBTV even received a few videos showing snow falling in parts of Mecklenburg County including Charlotte.

It’s snowing in the Queen City. 🌨❄️ Huge flakes in Southwest Charlotte. Oh boy! #SnoWBTV @AlConklin pic.twitter.com/vKPLWwGv4c

WBTV News had team coverage throughout the day from across the viewing area. Watch where we were at 5 p.m. below:

Winter Storm warnings and advisories remain in effect through the afternoon and into tonight for the majority of the WBTV viewing area including Charlotte.

While all communities north of I-85 have experienced snowy and wintry conditions since early this morning, neighborhoods south of the corridor have mostly been inundated with rain. But, a changeover to frozen precipitation is possible for Charlotte and the South Carolina Piedmont as a colder air filters in late this afternoon into the evening hours. Accumulation will be modest – a trace to an inch – at best, but isolated locations could receive up to 2″ of snow for the day ends.

In like fashion to first part of the day, snow will continue to fall across the mountains and the Foothills with total day snowfall likely to reach or surpass the 6″ to 8″ at the highest elevations before midnight.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Friday
1⃣ Snow continues to fall north of I-85, but change to a mix later
2⃣#CLT best chance for snow is later this afternoon/early evening, but it won’t stick to most roadways
3⃣Slush/rain on the ground tonight will freeze creating black ice by Sat a.m. pic.twitter.com/wA4KOlm9Un

Any lingering moisture association with today’s round of wintry weather will move northeast of the Carolinas overnight, however, any existing snowfall or rainfall on the ground overnight could cause problems for drivers Saturday morning. With temperatures plummeting into the 20s areawide any leftover precipitation on the ground will freeze creating black ice on the roadways.

The extreme chill will loosen its grip under an abundance of sunshine Saturday with highs attempting to top out in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Temperatures will take another noise dive morning Sunday only to bounce back to the lower 50s by the afternoon.

Increasing clouds are expected on Monday as another system moves in bringing mostly rain late Monday night into Tuesday morning. A First Alert is in effect for Tuesday as there is the chance for snow in the mountains as this albeit weaker system in contrast today moves eastward over higher terrain.

A winter storm is moving through the WBTV viewing area. Schools have changed learning plans and businesses have closed as areas see snowfall and wintry weather. ]]>