Wintry precipitation is expected to bring us up to an inch or so of total accumulation from this afternoon through tomorrow morning (Feb. 16-17). A Winter Storm Warning has been issued from 4 p.m. Monday through 12 noon Tuesday for a large part of Central North Carolina including Montgomery, Stanly and Moore Counties.
Today, the National Weather Service in Raleigh says there is a slight chance of snow between 1 and 4 p.m., then a chance of snow and sleet. The chance of any precipitation today is 40%, with a total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.
Tonight, the forecast calls for a 90% chance of wintry precipitation, with freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow and sleet, becoming all freezing rain after 7 p.m. New ice accumulation of two-tenths to four-tenths of an inch and new snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible. The low is expected to be around 27.
State highway crews spent the weekend treating area roads for the threat of freezing precipitation. Workers used a method that allows them to pretreat the roads, leaving a briny solution in place to help minimize the accumulation of ice and snow on roads and bridges.
The system should clear out tomorrow afternoon, but then bitterly cold temperatures in the single digits are expected Wednesday and Thursday nights. A low around 6ºF is expected Wednesday night, followed by a high near 24ºF Thursday and lows around 7ºF Thursday night. Temperatures should rise gradually Friday, with lower 40s expected Saturday.