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courtesy of Robin P. Nicholson, Duke Energy - District Manager, Government & Community Relations

Freezing Rain Possible, Primarily in Higher Elevations

Duke Energy has issued a press release stating that the company is monitoring the weather and preparing for potential winter weather late this evening (January 5) into Saturday morning. Currently, Duke Energy meteorologists forecast widespread precipitation that will move into the area Friday night into Saturday morning. The main winter weather impact from accumulating ice due to freezing rain will be felt primarily in the mountains and foothills.

The forecast is for precipitation beginning as snow, sleet, or ice pellets across the mountains, then transitioning to freezing rain across the valleys and lower elevations before turning into a cold rain by the afternoon hours. The mountain zone has the potential for ice accumulations of a tenth-of-an-inch to a quarter-of-an-inch with locally higher amounts up to three-tenths-of-an-inch possible. Across the higher elevations, some snow accumulation is likely.