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Cold Valentine's Day leads to a messy Monday

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Monday morning is going to be the time to pay close attention to the weather as sleet, freezing rain and rain will make for a messy morning commute. First however we need to get through some bitter cold temperatures this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Valentine’s Day will be very cold early in the day with mostly sunny skies overhead. Expect temperatures to climb into the mid-30s across the Upstate and low 30s in the mountains as clouds build throughout the day.

Winds will be gentle on Sunday, mainly coming out of the east northeast across the Upstate between five and ten miles per hour. Western North Carolina will see more of a south southeast flow between five and ten miles per hour.

Conditions start to change late Sunday evening as light snow can develop over parts of western North Carolina. Early Monday morning will see more of a sleet and freezing rain set up as temperatures hover in the 20s to low 30s.

Monday can see a light glaze of ice as freezing rain and sleet lasts throughout the morning hours. This can likely cause issues for Monday mornings commute. Amounts should remain under a tenth of an inch across the Upstate.

Temperatures will gradually climb into the mid to upper 30s by Monday afternoon. Look to see light to moderate rainfall take over during the late morning to early afternoon hours. Heavy rain then arrives late Monday into Tuesday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Yancey, Mitchell and McDowell counties where ice and snow accumulations could cause major travel issue and possibly power outages. Expect a Winter Storm Watch to remain in effect late Sunday and last until 7 p.m. Monday for all of western North Carolina, the northern portions of the Upstate and parts of northeast Georgia.

Tuesday can see a few lingering showers taper off early with light snow setting up shop along the Tennessee border. Look for temperatures to warm up and sunny skies to return as we approach the middle section of the work week.

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