CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Saturday will bring storms followed by drastically cooler air. Rain will change to snow in the high country with winds gusting up to 50mph at times and wind chills as cold as -5 for the high elevations. ***A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 7pm Saturday for Avery County with a Winter Advisory until 7pm Saturday for Ashe & Watauga counties.***
Mostly cloudy. Rain chances increase in the late afternoon. Highs in the low 60s.
**Isolated strong storms possible SE of I-85 early Saturday morning**
Saturday AM a strong cold front will push through bringing showers to the Piedmont, snow to the Mountains, windy conditions, and a major dro pin temperatures. There is an increasing threat for severe storms on Saturday morning with the greatest risk southeast of I-85. Damaging wind is the primary threat. The tornado threat is low but not zero.
Sunday morning will be very cold with a widespread hard freeze. Lows bottom out in the low 20s with cooler wind chills. Sunday looks dry and cold with highs in the low 50s.
Next week is looking dry with a warming trend through the week.