The severe storms that moved through the Charlotte area Sunday toppled trees and knocked out power for many residents. Duke Energy says about 5,000 customers around Charlotte are without power this morning.


Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to prepare for the first winter storm of 2018.

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

Dressing in layers and other cold-weather protections are in order the next several days, as a cold wave gets a grip on the Charlotte region. Highs mostly in the 30s and lows in the teens are expected through the week.

Updated 3:17 p.m. 

While Charlotte is expecting only about an inch of snow through Saturday afternoon, areas to the north of Mecklenburg County will likely see a few inches. 

The National Weather Service says Hickory and Statesville are expected to get two to four inches of snow. The flakes are expected to continue falling through Saturday morning. And Saturday afternoon there could be some more snow and rain.

tropical storm hermine

  When forecasters began issuing their predictions for the current hurricane season several months ago, they said it likely would be more active than normal.  

In August, four "named" storms formed in the Atlantic basin, and one of them - Gaston - became a major hurricane.  Hermine, reached hurricane status for a time Thursday, before making landfall in Florida.  

Winter Storm Updates

Jan 22, 2016
Duncan McFadyen

Jennifer Lang

The calendar says “January” but some trees and shrubs in the Charlotte area have been saying “March” in recent weeks. The unseasonably-warm December sent some plants into flowering mode. So, what will this mean when March really does roll around?  WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Dr. Jeff Gillman, director of the botanical gardens at UNC Charlotte.

McCrory Declares State Of Emergency For NC As Joaquin Continues To Intensify

Oct 1, 2015
State of North Carolina

Charlotte Talks

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday declared a state of emergency for all 100 N.C. counties in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin, upgraded mid-afternoon to a powerful Category 4 storm.

McCrory said the storm that’s moving up the Atlantic from the Bahamas could deliver 5 to 7 inches of rain to most of the already rain-saturated state, and up to 10 inches in the mountains.

Crowd-Sourced Weather Program Provides 'Hyper-Local' Data

Mar 30, 2015
Henry Reges/ CoCoRaHS

There’s a network in the U.S. of thousands of volunteers who put a rain gauge in their yards and report the readings online every day---rain or shine.

This group’s mission is to provide hyper-local weather data to meteorologists, farmers, emergency managers and other government agencies. It’s called CoCoRaHS (pronounced ko-ko-RAZ). The name may sound more appropriate for a chocolatey breakfast cereal, but it stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. 

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen spoke to the state director of CoCoRaHS, David Glenn. He's a meteriologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, in the eastern part of North Carolina.

Overnight Snow Could Dump Up To 10 Inches

Feb 25, 2015
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are now calling for 8 to 10 inches of snow in the Charlotte area, and 10 to 14 inches from Monroe eastward.

The wintry blast that forecasters say will again dump snow on the Charlotte area is expected to start as light rain Wednesday at about 5 p.m., meteorologist Neil Dixon said.