A winter weather advisory is in effect for Montgomery and surrounding counties in the Western Piedmont and Western Sandhills from 7 p.m. this evening (Jan. 13) through 12 noon Wed., Jan. 14.
Forecasters say residents in the affected area should expect a chance of rain or drizzle through the day Tuesday, with temperatures falling through the afternoon. A chance of rain and freezing rain will follow during the evening, with freezing rain likely after midnight, with a possible ice accumulation of up to a tenth of an inch and Tuesday night lows in the upper 20s.
Experts with the National Weather Service say the winter weather is developing as the result of strong high pressure bringing an Arctic air mass into central North Carolina Tuesday. They say freezing rain will develop across the regional tonight as an upper level disturbance approaches from the west. The timing of the system leads forecasters to believe the greatest accumulation of ice in the state will be along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Authorities say drivers in Montgomery, Stanly, Anson, Richmond and surrounding counties should stay alert to the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, which could cause dangerous driving conditions with slick roads and reduced visibility.