CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Snow showers have finally ended in the Charlotte area, but the slush and ice will create very hazardous on the roads through Friday morning.
An upper level low finally pulled out to the northeast Thursday afternoon, which brought snow showers to a screeching halt. We've even enjoyed a little sunshine and temperatures in the 40s.
Temperatures fell very quickly below freezing after sunset and any improvement we've seen on main roads will be set back. Secondary and back roads remain incredibly difficult and impassable in some locations.
"The main roads look good, but getting to the main roads from your neighborhood is an adventure. If you don't have a all-wheel drive, you're not going to make it," said Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich Thursday afternoon.
Skies will clear and temperatures drop all the way back into the low 20s through the early morning.
All that winter mess out there on the roads will refreeze. Untreated secondary roads will be extremely hazardous. Even the main roads and highways will become very treacherous again.
Travel for Friday morning hours is still strongly discouraged.
Preliminary Snowfall Totals as of 6:00 p.m.:
What causes the different winter precipitation types?
More warm air aloft means more freezing rain and problem-causing ice. Ice accumulations over 1/4" start to get heavy on trees and powerlines. This is usually the point at which power outages can occur.
A very shallow layer of warm air aloft will cause a falling snowflake to melt. It will then refreeze into a sleet pellet. Snow needs a very cold column of air from the cloud base to the surface to survive the journey.
Helpful Links & Resources:
- Tips to keep your property safe in freezing temperatures
- Winter driving tips
- School/Business/Day Care closures
- Download NBC Charlotte's WeatherCaster app for your smartphone
- Get severe weather text messages sent to your phone
- Sign up to receive text alerts for schools closures/delays