Upstate misses out on wintry mix - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate misses out on wintry mix

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A FOX Carolina iWitness sent in this picture of a dusting of snow in Salem. (FOX Carolina iWitness Cassie Harris) A FOX Carolina iWitness sent in this picture of a dusting of snow in Salem. (FOX Carolina iWitness Cassie Harris)

There was a chance of wintry weather across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia on Tuesday morning, according to FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Kent said that after midnight, a weak system will cause light sleet and snow to develop in the western mountains and north Georgia. She said that very early Tuesday morning, there is a very brief window where scattered areas of sleet or snow may fall across the Upstate.

Kent said the precipitation will quickly change to all rain as dawn approaches in the Upstate. She said the mountains may see a longer period of wintry weather.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in North Carolina from midnight until noon Tuesday.

The Weather Service said as much as an inch of snow, sleet or ice could accumulate in the advised area, leading to problems on some roads in the area.

Kent said little to no accumulation is expected in the Upstate and northeast Georgia. She said most roads in the area should be OK on Tuesday morning.

"A slick spot on a bridge or overpass can't be totally ruled out," Kent said. "Especially in the northern Upstate."

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, FOX Carolina Meteorologist Alex Wilson said only the mountains of southwest North Carolina and northeast Georgia were seeing mainly snow and sleet at this point, which will transition to some freezing rain by mid-morning.

Wilson said throughout the Upstate, rain is primarily falling, although some may see some patchy sleet mix. There will not be any road difficulties or icy spots, as temperatures across the Upstate have held in the upper 30s and low 40s.

The Weather Service released the unofficial observation of snowfall counts as of 10:10 a.m. Tuesday and almost all spots stayed below one inch.

The areas that received the highest amount of precipitation were in Macon County, where Highlands received half of an inch and in Yancey County where Mt. Mitchell received 2 inches.

Temperatures are expected to rise to near 60 degrees in the Upstate and upper 50s in the mountains for the remainder of the week.

Another chance for rain is forecast on Thursday.

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