Winter Storm Watch for Stanly County
Issued at: 3:44 AM EST 12/17/09, expires at: 12:00 PM EST 12/17/09
Winter storm watch in effect from Friday afternoon through saturday evening, The NWS in raleigh has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. The watch area includes both the triad and the triangle areas, and the cities and towns of roxboro, henderson, sanford, carthage, troy, and albemarle.
Wintry precipitation is expected to develop over western and central North Carolina during the day Friday, as a low pressure approaches from the southwest. The precipitation is expected to continue Friday night into Saturday. Over the northwest piedmont including the piedmont triad region, albemarle and troy, the precipitation is expected to fall mainly in the form of snow. The snow may be mixed with sleet Friday night into early Saturday. Significant accumulations of snow and sleet are possible. Over the rest of the piedmont, snow is expected friday afternoon, with a changeover to sleet and freezing rain friday evening. The precipitation may change to rain late Friday night into early Saturday. Significant accumulations of snow and sleet are possible, but may be more limited than areas to the northwest, especially if the changeover occurs earlier than expected. As the storm system is still in the initial stages of developing, its track remains uncertain. If the low moves farther to the west, the winter storm impacts would be confined to the northwest piedmont. If the storm tracks farther to the east, the impacts would be felt farther east than currently indicated.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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