CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A winter storm made its way into the Carolinas Tuesday leaving a trail of snow and sleet behind it.
Just under at inch of snow fell in Charlotte. Areas east of the Queen City like Rockingham will see a mix of snow and sleet through the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“There is some warm air aloft, which is melting the snowflakes, and then they’re refreezing on the way down. That’s how you end up getting some sleet,” First Warn Meteorologist Brad Panovich.
The snowfall did cause some of traffic issues across the viewing area starting with the Tuesday night commute.
As of 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, several area road remained covered with snow and ice. The main concern is secondary roads in neighborhoods in Charlotte.
“Even though the snow is not all that heavy, it is sticking to the roads almost immediately. So this is a light snow, big impact event,” Panovich said.
The cold temperatures are not going anywhere. Wind chills will stay in the single digits and teens. Temperatures will stay below freezing Wednesday.
As you travel toward the coast in North Carolina, through the South Carolina Midlands and Low Country, the snow totals will be higher.
Significant icing issues from Charleston to Myrtle Beach and Wilmington were expected. First Warn Meteorologist traveled to Wrightsville Beach, where by Tuesday night, the sand was covered by sleet.
So what’s next? There isn’t any snowfall expected as we get into Wednesday. We’ll have sunny skies but cold temperatures. The high is expected to reach 30 degrees Wednesday and only 35 degrees Thursday.