Winter Storm Helena is now expected to dump much more snow than anyone expected onto the Charlotte region, according to the latest National Weather Service forecasts.
As of 12:25pm on Friday afternoon, 5 to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall between 7pm tonight and 8am tomorrow morning.
The weather service is now calling for “hazardous” conditions throughout our region and warned the storm could mean power losses and icy roads tonight and tomorrow morning.
Tonight’s snowfall is expected to partially melt during the day tomorrow and re-freeze tomorrow night, leading to icy steps, walkways, and roads. Charlotte residents are now being asked to salt or de-ice their walkways and sidewalks before tomorrow evening.
Here is what the total accumulation map will look like at 7am on Saturday morning, according to Weather.com:
You can watch an animated future-cast of the storm here.
A Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect from Friday evening at 7 p.m. Friday until Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Saturday.