CHARLOTTE, N.C. — March is typically a transition month between spring warmth and winter cold, the next week will feature exactly what you would expect for this time of the year.
Temperatures will begin to drop overnight and by Saturday morning most areas will be in the 30s. Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day with temperatures 20 degrees cooler. High temperatures will struggle to hit the low to mid 50s.
Clouds will continue to thicken Saturday evening with rain approaching the area. Rain will begin in the mountains during the evening and quickly transition to snow. Rain will not begin in Charlotte until late evening and will continue through the overnight.
As temperatures drop, rain will mix with and potentially change to all snow in the foothills. Charlotte may see snow mix in with the rain late Saturday night and linger into early Sunday.
The storm will quickly move away from the area with dry conditions returning by early Sunday afternoon. With cloudy skies, temperatures will not escape the 40s, our coldest day since February 4th.
As far as snow totals, mountain areas will likely receive 3-6 inches of snow with decreasing amounts as you drop elevation into the foothills. Areas west of I-77 and north of I-40 will see the best chance at 1-2″ of snow, this will be mainly confined to grassy areas. Further south, between I-40 and the NC/SC border, any snow that falls will have a hard time accumulating. Although a light coating is possible, no widespread heavy accumulation is likely. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s and the ground will be very warm with the recent warm weather.
We will continue to monitor this winter storm as it approaches our area throughout the weekend.