Snow can cover NC mountains

Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer

Snow and freezing rain could cover parts of the North Carolina mountains, a deep freeze could settle in Charlotte and near arctic lows can cool the triangle As of Sunday, the national weather service issued a warning on Saturday.

The winter weather forecast follows flood in parts of the mountains of Tropical Depression Nicole. The storm dropped torrential rain in the mountains and sparked a tornado watch across much of the state on Friday after entering the Carolinas from Georgia and Florida.

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“We have reports Flood streams and close roads from Polk County north toward Avery County, North Carolina,” the NWS office in Greer, South Carolina reported on Twitter at 5 p.m. Friday. “Drive carefully when driving the NC Mountain Highways tonight.”

The highest amounts fell in Watauga County, with Foscoe reporting 4.84 inches of rain over 24 hours and Blowing Rock 4.39 inches, NWS Greer Bureau meteorologist Doug Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.

Cars were stuck in flood waters in the Boone Mall parking lot on Friday, and Blowing Rock public works workers cleared clogged manholes that flooded Church Street near US 321, WSOC reported.

River and stream levels began to drop overnight and the NWS office received no further reports of flooding, Outlaw said.

Most mountains can now expect a wintry mix late Monday and parts of Tuesday, with dangerous weather prospects Saturday morning, according to a NWS bulletin.

Rainfall could begin “as a wintry mix of snow, sleet and/or freezing rain before transitioning to mostly rain, with some freezing rain possible until around midday Tuesday,” the bulletin said.

“Slight winter accumulation may occur in some North Carolina mountains before the switch to rain,” NWS meteorologists said in the alert.

Freezing temperature forecast for Charlotte

Low temperatures in Charlotte could drop below freezing twice by the end of the workweek by 11am Saturday, according to the NWS forecast.

After an expected low of 41 early Sunday, Charlotte could see a low of 31 below freezing early Monday, according to the forecast. Freezing starts at 32 degrees.

The lows should temporarily improve to 35 early Tuesday and 40 early Wednesday before falling to 36 early Thursday and 30 early Friday

Highs in Charlotte are expected to fall from 71 degrees on Saturday to 52 degrees on Sunday, 50 on Monday and 44 on Tuesday, then rise back to 55 on Wednesday before falling back to 50 on Thursday and 47 on Friday, the forecast says showed.

Charlotte has an 80% chance of rain on Tuesday, but skies should remain sunny to mostly sunny on other days of the week, NWS forecasters said.

Also cold in the triangle

The triangle has a 70% chance of showers returning on Tuesday, but should also remain sunny to partly cloudy for the rest of the week, according to the 11am Saturday forecast.

The lowest lows in the triangle are expected at 35 degrees early Tuesday and 36 degrees early Thursday and early Friday, the forecast showed.