With snow, sleet and freezing rain expected in the Carolinas this weekend, Duke Energy is ready to respond to possible power outages. As Duke Energy's team of meteorologists continues to monitor the storm's development, our crews are making preparations to safely handle weather-related service interruptions. Here’s a summary of our meteorologists report:
A major winter storm will arrive from the west Saturday night through Sunday bringing accumulating snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region. Heavy snow is expected across the mountains and foothills. Across the Piedmont, a period of snow will be followed by significant icing (sleet and/or freezing rain) then possibly a change back to snow as the event winds down. Locations east of I-95 will have a brief period of wintry mix followed by a changeover to rain. This forecast includes the potential for widespread power outages across the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.
Locations northwest of I-85 are expected to receive significant snowfall with this event. The mountains can expect 12”+ of snow accumulation while the foothills can expect 6-12” of snow accumulation, with significant snow accumulations also possible across far northwestern portions of Upstate SC as well as western portions of the Triad area. In the vicinity of the I-85 corridor and eastward toward the I-95 corridor, there will likely be a period of snow followed by a prolonged period of significant icing. What remains unknown at this time is whether this will be sleet (i.e., ice pellets) or freezing rain (i.e., raindrops freezing on contact). The potential exists for widespread 0.25-0.50” ice accumulation across the Piedmont, especially near and southeast of the Charlotte Metro Area. Locations near and east of I-95 will have a period of wintry mix followed by a changeover to rain with minimal impacts. The precipitation will wind down on Sunday evening.