Rowan weather: Sleet, freezing rain falling

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 17, 2014

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory.
The advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. tonight until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Expect areas of freezing rain, freezing drizzle and freezing fog, along with black ice and sleet.
The heaviest precipitation is expected this evening, with light freezing drizzle and fog overnight, leading to the potential for black ice.
Accumulations should be less than an eighth of an inch.
Watch out for slippery surfaces, such as on bridges and overpasses.
Lows should be in the upper 20s to low 30s. Fog may reduce visibility to less that a quarter mile.
Please report ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service at 1-800-267-8101. Leave a message with a specific location or post on National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook page or tweet using hashtag #NWSGSP.

UPDATE: With sleet falling, some county roads are being affected, and accidents are being reported. Some roads are becoming slippery due to the freezing precipitation. It has dropped to 31 degrees.
A head-on collision has been reported in the Woodleaf area.
No weather watches or warnings have been issued, but the National Weather Service indicates it may be updating advisories as temperatures drop.

Winter just won’t retire this year, and so we are again facing a hazardous weather outlook.
You might see some patchy light freezing rain this morning, with temperatures dropping into the low 30s. Rain and drizzle will continue at least through 9 a.m., with a slight glaze possible in the northwestern corner of the county, around Cleveland and Woodleaf.
Temperatures will be even cooler tonight, with a continued chance of patchy light freezing rain and drizzle until about daybreak Tuesday. A freezing rain advisory may be needed for portions of the state later today.
We’re hovering at the freezing mark this morning, with fog and mist. Don’t look for any warming today. We’ll be lucky to hit 35 degrees, with northeast winds at 10-13 mph, and gusts up to 21. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Tonight, the freezing rain chance moves in after midnight. Expect patchy fog and a low of 30. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Tuesday, more of the same, a chance of rain and freezing rain, but we’ll make it up into the low 40s, with more northeast winds. Chance of precipitation drops to 30 percent. Tuesday night, a light chance of rain or drizzle, with a low around 35.
We’re keeping clouds in the forecast for Wednesday, too, with a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers, and a high all the way up to 60. The low Wednesday will be around 38, with a continued chance of showers.
But wait — there’s a chance of sun on Thursday, the first day of spring, with a high near 63 and a low of 36. Friday looks even better, with sunny skies and a high near 66.
Saturday should warm to 68, with a 30 percent chance of showers.