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Warm day before possible snow for parts of Carolinas

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Will snow fall in the Upstate Tuesday? (File/FOX Carolina iWitness Cassie H.) Will snow fall in the Upstate Tuesday? (File/FOX Carolina iWitness Cassie H.)
Snow Total Forecast By NWS at GSP; subject to Change. (Source: National Weather Service) Snow Total Forecast By NWS at GSP; subject to Change. (Source: National Weather Service)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A large part of northeast Georgia and the western Carolinas are enjoying a slightly warmer Monday.

While the morning temperatures ranged from the low 30s in the mountains to mid 40s in the Upstate, the recent frigid temperatures may have disappeared - but only for the day.

The approach of yet another Arctic cold front will bring a chance of rain and snow along the Tennessee border early Monday with a slight chance of a few showers breaking into the Upstate.

The rain and clouds will move out of the Upstate early making way to partly cloudy skies.

Monday afternoon will see very pleasant conditions with partly cloudy skies and highs peaking in the mid-50s across the Upstate and mid-40s across the mountains. Monday night will see lows plummet into the mid-20s and teens with Arctic air taking a strong hold on the Carolinas.

Tuesday will be much colder under mostly cloudy skies and temperatures struggling to reach the mid-30s in the Upstate and upper 20s across the mountains.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said the forecast models are split on what parts of the Upstate may see some snow Tuesday. Depending on where the storm develops, Papay said parts of the Upstate could see flakes flying by mid-afternoon Tuesday, with a possible dusting.

She said Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, Union and Newberry counties may see one to two inches of accumulation, starting around 3 p.m., while areas between Interstate 85 and those "accumulation counties" could see about half an inch.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Newberry County from 11 a.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said the most active time for snow fall in the Upstate will be from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night, with the chance for icy roads Wednesday morning, though the timing could change bringing the winter weather into the area earlier on Tuesday.

Kent said the line between light and heavy snow will be really sharp. It's too soon to say if and where three inches of snow could fall versus one to two inches. She said Greenville looks to only see light accumulations, but the southern Upstate is the wild card.

However, much of the winter weather will be focused to the south, with parts of the Midlands and the coast seeing the highest chance of wintry precipitation. The mountains are not forecast to see more than a dusting to an inch of snow.

Parts of the state are under a winter storm watch starting Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday as the storm develops, with areas south of Columbia seeing the potential for at least a few inches of snow. The storm could even bring some winter weather as far south as Charleston, for a rare snow event.

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