Snow, ice in NC: here is the latest weather forecast for Sunday

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Cars drive along I-40 near the Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday, January 16. Parts of North Carolina are expected to receive additional accumulations of snow and ice on Sunday.

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Snow and ice blanket parts of North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 16, as a winter storm rolls through the region.

Much of the state is under a winter storm warning as of the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, while parts of the state’s northeast are under a winter weather advisory.

A winter storm warning is issued when “heavy snowfall of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, or at least 8 inches in 24 hours, is expected” or when “sleet accumulation will be at least half an inch”. A winter weather advisory indicates that 3 to 5 inches of snow, less than 0.5 inches of ice pellets, freezing rain with ice pellets or snow or “blowing snow” are possible.

More than 70,000 North Carolina residents were without power as of 5:25 p.m. Jan. 16, officials said.

Governor Roy Cooper, at a press conference, urged residents to stay home and avoid the roads, The News & Observer reported. For those who must get out, he advised driving slowly, increasing the distance behind other cars, and scraping snow or ice from your vehicle before driving.

The mountains and western North Carolina are expected to bear the brunt of the storm.

In the mountains, the winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 a.m. on Monday, January 17. A ‘heavy mixed precipitation’ was impacting the region with further accumulations of up to 4 inches and a ‘light glaze’ of snow possible, the NWS said at 3pm wind gusts were reaching up to 45 mph .

“Snow and sleet will begin to diminish this evening in most areas, although flurries are expected to persist along the Tennessee border through Monday morning,” the weather service said. “Widespread black ice should be expected Monday morning and could be a mid-week concern. The DOT asks people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

The NWS warned that travel may be difficult or impossible and that power outages and tree damage are likely.

The National Park Service wrote on Facebook that more than 8 inches of snow was reported at Newfound Gap in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the morning of January 16.

“Snowy conditions on the North Carolina side of the park and above 3,500 feet in Tennessee,” the park service wrote. “With more treacherous weather on the way, please exercise caution if venturing outside.”

The NPS also said the entire Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to ice and snow.

“Visitors are encouraged to avoid the parkway until the storm passes for their own safety and that of emergency personnel throughout our area,” the park service wrote. “High winds and heavy snowfall are expected today, creating dangerous conditions.”

In “Piedmont and western North Carolina,” including the Charlotte area, the winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight, the NWS said. Forecasters said at 3 p.m. an additional inch of snow accumulation is possible with “about a tenth of an inch of ice.”

“Precipitation will continue to change to snow and sleet throughout the afternoon. Precipitation is expected to ease this evening. Black ice could be a problem each morning early next week. The DOT is asking people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

The Charlotte area saw less ice accumulation than expected, The Charlotte Observer reported. But forecasters say there remains a “high potential” for icy conditions on the roads overnight and through January 17. More than 1,200 flights have been canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The winter storm warning also remains in effect for parts of central North Carolina until midnight.

The NWS Raleigh office tweeted early on Jan. 16 that “light snow showers” ​​were reported In certain regions. The office tweeted later that morning that “winter rainfall” continued in the area.

“Snow and sleet falling on the Triad with freezing rain from the Triangle to the Coastal Plain. Expect the same until mid-afternoon,” he wrote.

He said ice accumulations were “beginning to increase across the NC Sandhills,” with totals reaching 0.18 inches.

The region is expected to see “additional mixed rainfall,” the NWS said around 4 p.m.

“Total ice accumulations from freezing rain two-tenths to three-tenths of an inch, with locally higher amounts,” the weather service said. “Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches, with isolated higher amounts, most of which have already fallen. Winds blowing up to 40 mph.

Travel Challenges

In the Triangle, less than an inch of snow accumulation was forecast for most areas, but forecasters expected “heavy ice” and strong winds to make travel dangerous and lead to power outages. current, reported The News & Observer.

For those who need to get out in the storm, the NWS recommends keeping an extra flashlight, food, and water in the vehicle in case of an emergency.

As of 3:30 p.m. on January 16, many flights departing from or arriving at Raleigh-Durham International Airport had been canceled, according to The N&O. Some bus service in the Triangle had also been suspended, and Interstate 95 near Fayetteville had closed in both directions due to low-rise power lines and a damaged utility survey.

In parts of northeastern North Carolina, snow and “mixed precipitation” are possible, including a trace of snow and a “light glaze” of ice, the weather service said. The winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. on January 16.

This story was originally published January 16, 2022 11:28 a.m.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She graduated in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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