Winter weather in Charlotte
The latest weather news and how to prepare.
Charlotte could see up to 2 inches of snow from a fast-moving storm expected to arrive in the area Friday night, though an inch is most likely in the area, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
The NWS forecast for Charlotte at 8 a.m. Friday had predicted up to 3 inches of snow.
Later that morning, that prediction came back down to 1 to 2 inches, based on the most recent and accurate weather modeling data, said meteorologist Clay Chaney of the NWS officer in Greer, North Carolina. South.
On Thursday, the NWS had predicted a fall of less than an inch on Friday evening.
Expect rain on the Friday evening ride, with “a bit of snow and sleet mixed“, before falling temperatures turned the mixture into “accumulation of snow”, according to an NWS weather alert issued at 4 a.m.
The advisory includes Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus and Union counties and York and Chester counties in South Carolina.
“Expect slippery road conditions,” advised NWS meteorologists in the bulletin.
Snow could start falling between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and continue until around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Saturday, Chaney said.
Flights to Charlotte Airport
From 1 p.m., at least 120 flights scheduled for Saturday have been canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. It was not immediately clear how many are related to the storm.
CLT airport officials have advised travelers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.
Cooper: Stay off the roads
Governor Roy Cooper on Friday urged North Carolina residents to stay off the roads during and after the storm.
“Today is the day to get the essentials you need, so you can stay off the roads tonight and Saturday if conditions are dangerous in your area,” Cooper said.
State emergency officials are reminding people to pay close attention to their local forecasts. The accumulation of snow could lead to dangerous movements from Friday evening to Saturday noon.
Charlotte has an 80% chance of rain and snow, according to the NWS forecast at noon Friday. Overnight temperatures are expected to drop to 26 degrees, while Charlotte could see wind gusts of up to 25 mph, according to forecasts.
The storm is expected to move quickly from the area overnight, with sunny to partly sunny skies expected Saturday through Tuesday.
Showers have a 60% chance of returning Wednesday and Thursday, although the forecast low of 48 early Wednesday is too high for another snowfall. Snow forms when temperatures are at or below zero — 32 degrees — according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Closures and delays
▪ Due to the storm, all solid waste centers in Mecklenburg County will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, county officials said Friday. That’s three hours later than their normal Saturday openings.
▪ Mecklenburg Park and Recreation will close its parks at 8 p.m. Friday, officials said. On Saturday, operations and facilities are scheduled to open at 9 a.m., but could be delayed depending on the severity of the storm.
Distribution of COVID test kits
Due to the storm, Mecklenburg County has changed the schedules of its two Saturday sites for the free distribution of COVID test kits at home.
County residents can visit these sites from noon to 3 p.m.: JM Alexander Middle School, 12010 Hambright Road in Huntersville; and Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus, 315 W. Hebron St. in Charlotte, officials said.
Homeless shelters increase capacity
Charlotte’s homeless shelters will continue to maintain their increased capacity through at least Sunday, according to a county news release on Friday.
“Homeless outreach teams have been deployed to homeless encampments to encourage anyone experiencing homelessness to come to a shelter,” officials said.
Those who refuse to go to a shelter will be given blankets and coats, officials said.
For men, Roof Above opens the Lucille Giles Men’s Shelter, 3410 Statesville Ave., at 4:30 p.m.
Roof Above will also operate its daytime service center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with access to restrooms and limited indoor seating. Masks are mandatory. Outdoor seating with government-approved radiant heaters will also be available.
For women and families, the Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter, located at 534 Spratt Street, will increase its capacity by 50 beds.
The triangle could wake up to an inch of snow on Saturday, maybe even two, the News & Observer reported.
Along the coast, a gale watch is in effect from Georgetown, SC, beyond Wilmington, with wind gusts of 40 mph possible, according to the NWS.
This story was originally published January 28, 2022 9:21 a.m.