WEATHER: updated forecast
Light sleet is falling now (4:11 pm) in Clinton. More winter weather might be on the way:
GREENVILLE — Snow in some parts of the region is closing schools and causing problems, but it is only a hint of what is coming at the end of the week. Greenville County Schools canceled all Wednesday evening activities and all after school programs and activities must be concluded by 6 p.m.
To watch Chris Justus' forecast click here.
The North Carolina mountains and Georgia are expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snow on Wednesday, while parts of the Upstate will only see a dusting. WYFF News 4 meteorologist Dale Gilbert said areas in Northern Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties could also see a dusting of snow before the end of the day Wednesday.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of the region. Snow in North Carolina led to schools in McDowell County closing at 10:15 a.m. and Buncombe County schools releasing students early. The elementary schools closed at 9 a.m. and the intermediate, middle and high schools closed at 9:30 a.m.
Asheville city elementary schools closed at 9:15 a.m., and all others closed at 10 a.m. Students in Rutherford County will be dismissed early. Early start students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. and all other students will be released at 2 p.m. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 15 counties in north Georgia ahead of the winter storm.
Bigger, stronger system is headed for the East Coast
WYFF News 4 meteorologist Chris Justus says he is more concerned about the likelihood of ice and snow on Thursday and Friday.
A massive system will move into the region from west to east, and with arctic air in place, Chris says, “Things may get very tricky.”
As moisture arrives Thursday, it will begin as rain, but overnight Thursday into Friday, cold air could create a wintry mix on Friday before changing to snow Friday night.
Just what kind of precipitation the region may get is heavily reliant on where the freeze line will be, and because of so many influencing factors, that is very difficult to predict. WNC and some parts of the Upstate will likely a couple of inches or more of snow, while some areas south of the freeze line will see only rain.
"This will, as always, be a close call for us,” Chris said. “I want to alert you to the threat now.”