Storm brings heavy rain to Charlotte region

Storm brings heavy rain to Charlotte region

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by WCNC.com Staff & Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 1:17 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Another round of rain moved into the Charlotte region early this morning and will hang around for most of Tuesday.

Another storm system moved across the Carolinas overnight, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

"Rain is all over our radar," forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "The mountains and foothills could encounter some freezing rain for the afternoon."

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There were reported frozen roads in the foothills and mountain region due to the wintry mix this morning.

Ashe, Avery and Watauga County schools were closed today because of the weather and road conditions.

Light snow has been was reported in Jefferson, Lexington, Lincolnton, Morganton and North Wilkesboro. Freezing rain was reported in Greensboro, Hickory and Winston-Salem.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings, ice storm warnings, winter weather advisories and freezing rain advisories for parts of the western North Carolina.

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The rain has caused delays on I-77, I-85 and I-485 for the Charlotte region. The WCNC Traffic Department has not seen many accidents, just congestion from heavy rain.

"Heavy rain showers have tracked off to the east," Sprinkle said. "Our area is still seeing areas of light showers and foothills are seing some freezing rain."

Scattered showers will continue through the afternoon. Temperatures be slow to climb into the mid to upper 40s, according to the First Warn Storm Team. 

A few thunderstorms are possible, mainly across the southern portions of the area. At this time, it looks like the severe threat will stay well to the south from Columbia out to the coast.

Wednesday the sun will return with temperatures reaching the uppers 50s.

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