CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A winter storm that wreaked havoc across the Midwest brought a combination of rain, sleet and ice to the Carolinas this weekend with the mountains and foothills of western North Carolina feeling the biggest impacts.
Fortunately for most of the area, temperatures were above freezing early Sunday, which led to mostly rain with little ice accumulation. The system is expected to move out of the area by late Sunday morning but some areas south and east of Charlotte could see heavy rain throughout the afternoon.
"We're past the peak, we're not really looking at any more ice to accumulate," said First Warn Meteorologist Chris Mulcahy. "There's a chance of a little bit of sleet trying to mix with snow and rain but it's just rain because temperatures are just about freezing."
First Warn Meteorologist Iisha Scott reported some ice accumulation in Boone but it was mostly away from the roads. Crews in Caldwell and Watauga counties were out treating the roads with salt and brine. Caldwell County Emergency Management said everything was going well and there's no major concerns for widespread power outages from the storm.
Mulcahy said a pocket of drier air that's over the area will keep the piedmont mostly dry Sunday but there is a chance for some mist or drizzle and some parts of the Charlotte area will be foggy Sunday morning.
Afternoon temperatures are only expected to reach about 40 degrees in Charlotte, and with a steady breeze expected, Mulcahy says it's only going to feel like the low-to-mid 30s across the area. Don't expect any sunshine Sunday or Monday but things are expected to change as we head into Tuesday.