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Days of rain expected, with freezing rain, icing expected in parts of region

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The North Carolina mountains will see freezing rain and accumulating ice, while much of the rest of the region can expect unrelenting rain, WYFF News 4 meteorologist Chris Justus says.

The rain began Tuesday morning, with sleet widely reported around the area.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through Wednesday.

The advisory now includes the mountains of Greenville County. In North Carolina, the advisory includes the mountains of Polk and Rutherford Counties, as well as Henderson, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties, especially in locations close to the Continental Divide,

a close up of a green field: Sleet in Greer © Amy Whitemire Holliday via Facebook Sleet in Greer

Freezing rain is expected, with ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch in the mountains, with just a slight coating of ice expected across the foothills.

McDowell County Emergency Management warned that power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice and travel could become nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute, officials said.

Winds may gust as high as 35 mph at times, mainly along the higher ridge tops in the mountains.

The precipitation will transition to freezing rain through Wednesday morning.

The Upstate is expected to see cold rain Wednesday and Thursday morning across the entire area with highs in the 40s.

Hazardous road conditions are expected in the mountains Wednesday morning.

David Uchiyama, with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said Henderson, Polk, Transylvania counties will have full staff overnight working 12 hour shifts.

He said workers were already spreading brine in Haywood and Jackson counties Tuesday morning.

Buncombe and counties to the north were preparing by equipping trucks with de-icing equipment and will have a small staff on call overnight, Uchiyama said.

Temperatures warm up slightly on Thursday afternoon and Friday with highs in the 60s, but the rain is expected to continue across the region.

These are the expected precipitation totals across the area through the weekend:

  • Southwest mountains of North Carolina: 5 inches
  • Asheville, Hendersonville area: 3 inches
  • Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Anderson, Clemson areas: 4 to 5 inches
  • Abbeville, Union, Laurens, Greenwood: 2 inches

The rain will be spread out throughout the week, so widespread flooding is not expected but creeks and streams will be high.

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