(WGHP) – Winter is coming to the Piedmont Triad!
As the models have solidified for the upcoming winter weather, we now have a better idea of when, where and how much snow and ice we can expect over the weekend.
Meteorologist Emily Byrd says the amount of snow will range from four to eight inches from the triad to points northwest. The mountains can expect a higher snowfall in total, maybe even up to 12 inches.
People south and east of the triad can expect two to four inches with the potential for up to a quarter inch of ice.
So what can we expect weather-wise throughout the weekend?
This may be the last good day to go out and do your emergency shopping. Stock up on batteries, matches, water and non-perishable food. If you can chase rock salt or other ice melting type products, it may also be worth having, especially if you know you have to leave the house on Sunday or Monday.
Expect a sunny day with a highlight in the low 50s for most of the Piedmont triad.
The clouds begin to move in Saturday morning, with the high temperature dropping to around 40.
A few snow showers can be expected in the west along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the afternoon, but the marked weather does not move in until Sunday.
Charge your devices and make sure your flashlights, wireless chargers and candles are centrally located.
If you have not already done so, definitely use rock salt (or your favorite ice melt) on your stairs or walkways.
It is also helpful for your USPS or other delivery drivers if you place ice melt near your mailbox or wherever your packages are delivered.
Saturday is still cloudy, cold, but otherwise clear.
Midnight to dinner
Snow begins to pull in from west to east in the early morning hours of Sunday, probably around noon
It will remain snowy, especially in the triad and point to the northwest, well into the morning. It might be the right time for a snowball fight or a walk around the neighborhood.
Dinner until 18.00
The snow will start to turn into a snow / sleet mix as the afternoon progresses, especially to the south and east of the triad. However, the northwestern counties can expect more snow than ice.
In the late afternoon to early evening, the snow / sleet mix will change to a sleet / freezing rain mix.
Step into the house and enjoy the snow with some blankets, something hot to drink and maybe some soup.
Soup is pretty much the best snow food, right?
6pm to midnight
Expect the sludge mixture to shift back to snow in the evening and into the night until Sunday.
See the snow in front of the fireplace and if you can stay inside and not go anywhere, you should definitely stay inside.
Ice-cold constructions on wooden limbs and power lines can affect the electricity for people across the Piedmont Triad.
The snowfall should stop either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, just past midnight.
Although the snow and icy rain are not expected to extend their stay until Monday, the early morning showers of the 20s mean that it is likely that the snow and ice will continue.
Sunshine emerges in the afternoon, with a maximum in the upper 30s.
Expect thawing and re-freezing in the early parts of the week, which can narrow the morning commute. Even though it is no longer snowing, it is important to be careful with icy stains and unploughed roads.
Stay safe and warm out there!
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