Updated 1:29 p.m.
GREENSBORO — The Triad looks to be the hardest hit by freezing rain in a storm expected to reach the area later today, based on the latest forecast.
The northern Piedmont and Virginia border counties could see light snow ranging from a dusting to near an inch, the National Weather Service said.
Freezing rain is expected to follow Saturday evening and overnight Sunday, mainly north and west of U.S. Route 1 with amounts ranging from a thin glaze to as much as a quarter of an inch. The area with the highest ice accumulation is expected to be north of Interstate 85 and the Triad area, forecasters said.
Areas along and north of the I-85 corridor are most likely to see numerous downed trees and powerlines due to ice accumulation, along with prolonged hazardous travel conditions late tonight and Sunday, the weather service said.
Updated at 6:44 a.m.
GREENSBORO — A winter storm warning has been issued for Guilford County starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday until 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Ice accumulation of a quarter-inch to three-tenths of an inch is expected, the weather service said. Little to no snow accumulation is expected. Northwestern and northern parts of the county could see the higher amounts.
Power outages and tree damage are likely because of the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible.
GREENSBORO — A dusting of snow Saturday afternoon likely will get topped off with a layer of ice overnight, making travel in the Triad treacherous into Sunday, the National Weather Service warned.
More ice could hit Sunday afternoon.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Guilford County from Saturday evening through 6 p.m. Sunday.
A heavy mix of precipitation is possible with snow and sleet accumulations up to 1 inch and ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch. The high will be around 38 degrees Saturday, dropping to a low of 30 overnight.
There’s a slight chance of snow between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The greatest accumulations will be between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
More rain, or possibly freezing rain, is likely before 3 p.m. Sunday. That could change to snow or sleet later in the afternoon into early evening. Expect a high of 35 on Sunday.
Precipitation could turn into freezing rain again after 9 p.m. Sunday as temperatures dip to 30, the weather service said.
Meteorologists said to plan for poor travel conditions, slippery sidewalks and roads, and possible power outages.