TGIF! However, our Friday forecast is about as "blah" as it gets! We've seen steady rain across most of the area early this morning, with a wintry mix in parts of Western North Carolina. A Winter Storm Warning continues for Mitchell, Yancey and McDowell Mtns Counties through noon. A Winter Weather Advisory is out for Eastern McDowell County through noon, and a Freezing Rain Advisory continues until noon for the higher elevations of the central mountains.
While most areas under advisories/warnings will see a glaze of ice up to one-tenth of an inch, there is the potential for 1-2" of snow/sleet and 1/10-1/4" ice in the Winter Storm Warning counties. These would be the counties where the highest likelihood of slick roadways will be through mid-morning.
By lunchtime, the more widespread precip will be off to our east, but we'll still have some showers and pockets of drizzle. We'll keep that through the second half of the day, with all precip falling as rain. Areas of fog are possible under the cloudy skies, winds will be breezy out of the NE in the Upstate and temperatures will hold steady in the upper 30s/low 40s throughout the day.
Overnight some moderate/heavy rain will advance in, especially through NE GA and Upstate areas. The best chance of this widespread rain will stay around through the overnight hours, with scattered rain early Saturday tapering off for most by the afternoon. Upstate temps will stay cool on Saturday, as highs only reach the low 50s. WNC highs will be slightly higher for the start of the weekend, likely in the mid 50s.
Sunday will bring HUGE improvements, though... so we'll finally be able to get outside! We'll enjoy lots of sunshine and mild temperatures. Upstate towns will top out in the low/mid 60s, while WNC highs will rise into the upper 50s for the end of the weekend.