Snow in the NC mountains and ice along I-40. Forecast less certain for Charlotte area – Charlotte Observer

This story was updated at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Charlotte area is on the fringe of what could be a snow and ice event for the western part of North Carolina this weekend, and some ice could form Saturday night in northern Mecklenburg County, say forecasters.

National Weather Service officials said in a Friday afternoon update that there is “a slight chance of snow and sleet between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., then a chance of snow.” The high will be near 42 degrees, so little accumulation is expected, forecasters said.

Saturday night, there will be a chance of rain and sleet before 7 p.m., forecasters said. The low will be 33 degrees. Chance of precipitation will be 90 percent Saturday night.

The mix of snow and rain Saturday night could reach as far east as the Raleigh area, say forecasters.

A wintry mix is more likely for the mountains, where a 50 percent chance of snow and sleet is expected Saturday, and an 80 percent chance of a wintry mix will occur Saturday night, says the National Weather Service.

No ice or snow accumulation is currently predicted Saturday night for the Charlotte area, but the Hickory and Morganton area could see around an inch of snow and a tenth of an inch of ice, say NWS forecasters. Ice is also expected in Statesville.

The highest snowfall prediction is three inches in the Newland area of the northern North Carolina mountains.

WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin says warm air should limited wintry precipitation around Charlotte.

“The biggest reason for that reality is the mild air that’s expected to move in on Saturday,” he said. “That means Charlotte may end up staying close to – but above freezing the entire weekend. That would result in the likelihood of mainly rain – the heaviest falling from Saturday night into Sunday morning.”

There is a 20 percent chance rain will linger from Sunday into Monday morning, including a mix of rain and snow between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., says the National Weather Service.

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