Snow begins to fall in NC as winter storm looms - FOX Carolina 21

Snow on the way for the Upstate

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The National Weather Service issued the Watch Monday. The National Weather Service issued the Watch Monday.
Snow begins to fall in Asheville. (Feb. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness) Snow begins to fall in Asheville. (Feb. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness)
The snow total forecast as of Monday about noon. The snow total forecast as of Monday about noon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch that goes into effect Tuesday morning and will last through Thursday morning.  This means we could see heavy snow and ice accumulations, which would make travel dangerous.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said the system will bring some light rain and snow Tuesday, with around an inch of accumulation. This will be a weaker system before the main event Wednesday.

Kent said some snow will fall during Tuesday's morning commute, but it will be very light. She said the heaviest snow would fall during the early afternoon before a break from the precipitation.

The break will only last until Wednesday, when more heavy snow is forecast to fall rather than ice along the Interstate 85 corridor, Kent said. She said the southern Upstate counties may see significant ice.

Starting around sundown Tuesday, the widespread slick conditions will begin and last until early Thursday.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday will see the second round of snow approach from the south, first effecting the counties south of Interstate 85. By early afternoon, snow will push into the Upstate and western North Carolina, while a wintry mix will likely effect southern Greenville County as well as Elbert, Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Anderson County.

As the forecast models continue to look at the potential accumulations Tuesday and Wednesday, the area along I-85 and north into the mountains could see up to 4 to 6 inches of snow while the counties south of I-85 could see 2 to 4 inches.

Power outages are another concern that comes with the approaching system, with outages possible by late Wednesday, according to FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay.

Thursday will likely see freezing rain and sleet early across the region, with clearer skies and temps back in the 40s by the afternoon, according to Papay.

People are sure to see a very active few days this week with winter weather, seeing almost everything winter has to offer. Travel will likely be difficult this week, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Stay with FOX Carolina and for the continuing updates on the forecast and any changes that may occur as this system gets closer.

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