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CMS early dismissal due to weather


Feb. 20. The National Weather Service says precipitation will fall as rain likely before noon, then rain and snow between noon and 4​ ​pm, then snow after 4 pm. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will dismiss three hours early due to the weather and the potential of dangerous road conditions.

Highs today near 40, which means there’s not a threat of icy, slippery roads during daylight hours today.

No worries?

The Unofficial Harris Teeter Bread/Snow Quotient is at .8 on a scale of zero to 10. Bread and milk supplies were strong last night and this morning.

Nevertheless, the chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible, according to the National Weather Service report for Cornelius.

The Town of Cornelius is ready. “We will be monitoring the conditions throughout the day.  We have plows and salt spreaders ready should we need them,” said Public Works Director Tyler Beardsley.

Snow and patchy fog are likely this evening, mainly before midnight. The low will be around 26.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

There’s a distinct risk of black ice tomorrow morning with overnight temps around 25-26 degrees.

As for today, driving should be safe in and around Cornelius. Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to be careful

“Predictions are changing quickly, so I urge everyone to be prepared and continue to monitor their local forecast. Now is the time to prepare while the roads are drivable,” Cooper said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of Western and Central North Carolina through Friday morning where 1-3” of snow accumulations are possible.

Transitioning to snow

As rain develops across the state Thursday morning, a transition to snow is expected early Thursday afternoon from north to south. As a transition from rain to snow occurs, a wintry mix will be possible in some areas.

Hazardous road conditions could impact the morning commute Friday. Saturated soils, accumulating snowfall and breezy conditions could lead to possible power outages, accoring to the governor’s office.

“Right now the weather forecast sound like the roads will be OK since the road temperatures are still fairly warm,” Beardsley said.