Upstate rain, mountain snow overnight tonight - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate rain, mountain snow overnight tonight

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Two systems over the next 3-5 days bring Upstate rain/mountain snow chances.

Mostly cloudy today with highs reaching the low 50s with a south and southwest breeze developing. Rain chances during the day remain low and confined to just light showers or sprinkles by afternoon.

Rain moves into the mountains this evening, quickly changing to snow through the overnight. The Upstate will see rain move in after midnight.

Parts of the higher elevations of western NC could see 2-4” of new snow, with locally higher amounts in the highest peaks. A winter weather advisory starts tonight at 6 PM through 9 AM Friday for Graham, Swain, northern Jackson, Haywood, Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell Counties.

Conditions clear quickly Friday with mostly sunny, breezy, and cooler conditions and highs in the upper 30s to upper 40s.

The weekend starts dry on Saturday with a mix of sun and clouds, but we continue to watch Sunday closely for wintry precipitation.

A brief window exists for freezing rain to fall in the Upstate around sunrise, but as temperatures quickly go above freezing, any icy concerns will dissipate. Highs should reach the low 40s by afternoon with rain continuing.

In the mountains, a more prolonged period of a mixed bag of precipitation will exist as the shallow, cold air will be slower to retreat. Still, the precipitation type should become all rain toward midday.

A few high elevation snow showers could linger Monday, but generally clear and quiet conditions will stick around through Tuesday before additional rain moves in by Wednesday across the area.  

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