Snow, sleet and rain taper off; schools closed tomorrow

Published 1:16 pm Monday, December 10, 2018

Temperatures have steadily risen this morning, creeping up from 32 degrees at 7 a.m. to 40 degrees shortly before 1 p.m. Rowan-Salisbury Schools has already made the decision to close Tuesday. The eastern part of the county was hit with numerous power outages and back roads around Rowan have not been cleared.

The increase in temperature turned morning snowfalls into rain, creating a wet, slushy mix of lingering precipitation that now seems to be over, though some isolated pockets of rain could be seen around the county. High temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees before tapering downward again after the sun sets.

The county remains under a winter storm warning until 2 p.m. Power outages include 2,368 in Rowan County and 765 in Cabarrus.

Overnight and early morning lows could reach 21 degrees, with low points coming at 7 a.m., increasing the chance for black ice.

No precipitation is expected for tomorrow, and forecasters are calling for similar highs and lows.

Temperatures should peak — once more at 42 degrees — around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.