Colder temps today; storm causes delays at airport

Colder temps today; storm causes delays at airport


by Staff & Charlotte Observer

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 5:51 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The heavy rain slowly moved out of the Charlotte region this morning but cold  temperatures and wind will hang around for today.

The mountain region, however, is still dealing with a wintry mix that moved in overnight and will hang around for the most of Wednesday.

"In the mountains, across Virginia, Tennessee and the Charlotte metro are seeing some snowflakes," forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "Snow continues to fall in the Boone area and mountain region."

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Up to a foot of snow could fall  in the higher elevations of the mountains.
The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings until 6 a.m. Thursday for the mountain region.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight for other parts of the mountains. Ashe, Avery and Watauga County schools are closed today due to the winter weather.

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"It will be windy locally, but the mountains will continue to see snow" Sprinkle said. "Charlotte will see light rain but it cold today with temperatures in the 40s." 

For the Charlotte area this afternoon, it will become partly sunny with the winds increasing. Highs will only be in the mid to upper 40s.

Winds will become strong from the northeast at 12 to 26 mph making it feel even colder, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

Thursday will be sunny with highs in the low 50s. By this weekend, look for temperatures in the low 60s.

Northern storm causing delays at Charlotte airport

Heavy snow fell Tuesday in a corridor that includes Milwaukee, Chicago and Indianapolis, and the bad weather has moved Wednesday into West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Meteorologists say the storm system likely will spread snow northward into the New York City area later Wednesday.

The result is visible on flight schedules at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Between 6 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, there were nine cancelled departures and 14 cancelled arrivals. That list almost certainly will grow later in the day, as conditions worsen along the East Coast.

It appears as if all departures and arrivals are cancelled out of the Washington area and in places like Charlottesville, Va.

Morning departures and arrivals cancelled include these destinations:

-- Washington

-- Asheville

-- Charlottesville, Va.

-- Baltimore

-- Bristol, Tenn.

-- Roanoke, Va.

-- Louisville

-- Huntington, W.Va.