CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arctic air made its way into Charlotte Tuesday afternoon and will stick around for the next few days, meaning cold temperatures throughout the area.
Temps made it to the mid-40s Tuesday, but then began a steep decline. Overnight lows dropped to the teens and the high won't make it out of the low 30s Wednesday.
As of 6 a.m., temperatures were in the low 20s.
"It's cold to start today," forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "Through the morning hours it will be in the 20s for Charlotte. We'll be in the low to mid 30s for the afternoon in the Charlotte area and that's the way it will stay for much of the day."
There have been no reported problems with ice on the roads and interstates in the Charlotte area.
The Charlotte region saw some rain Tuesday evening, but no snow. Heavier snow showers fell in the mountains Tuesday where winter storm watches and advisories are in effect.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the northern mountains of western North Carolina until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Up to 6 inches of snow is possible through today.
"Across the mountains we're talking about 2 to 5 inches of snow," Sprinkle said. "The snow should end later this afternoon."
Parts of the Piedmont could get up to 2 inches of snow. Up to an inch of snow is even expected on the Outer Banks.
The state Department of Transportation is urging caution as temperatures plunge below freezing during the Wednesday morning commute.
In areas where the snow doesn't accumulate on roadways, motorists should still be wary of patches of black ice.
"Temperatures are bitter cold across the Charlotte metro area," Sprinkle said. "Be sure to bundle up before leaving the house today. It will be cold through out today."
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