The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Western North Carolina this weekend.
The watch goes into effect at 6 p.m. Saturday and expires at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Expect light snow and ice accumulations in these areas which could lead to hazardous travel conditions, especially higher elevations and elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses.
Most of the wintry weather will be light and have only limited impacts.
The storm is expected to begin as light snow, mainly north of Asheville, on Saturday morning. There will be a lull in the action most of the day Saturday before the major moisture moves in late in the afternoon or in the early evening. This will come as a combination of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.
Overnight Saturday into Sunday, most will see the wintry mix change to rain (if not sooner), however, those farther north and east of Asheville will likely continue with the wintry mix longer, leading to greater impacts in these areas.
The Asheville area will likely get some light icing and some light snow (probably less than an inch). The northern mountains and higher elevations in the foothills could see 1-3 inches of snow.
After Sunday morning, warmer air moves in, so anything falling Sunday afternoon will be mainly rain. Late Sunday into Monday, some backside moisture could return in the form of a light wintry mix of snow and rain, however, very little if any additional snow accumulation is expected for most.
But, roads will be wet Sunday night and there will be some re-freezing, so patchy black ice is likely to affect the Monday morning commute.
Areas included in the Winter Storm Watch include:
- Burke mountains
- Caldwell mountains
- Eastern McDowell
- Eastern Polk
- Greater Burke
- Greater Caldwell
- Greater Rutherford
- McDowell mountains
- Polk mountains
- Rutherford mountains