No, Panovich wasn’t joking when he said on April Fools’ Day that it might snow in Charlotte.
Areas south and east of the Queen City saw heavy snow showers Tuesday morning. NBC Charlotte viewers in Waxhaw and Monroe reported heavy, wet snow beginning around 8 a.m. In South Carolina, snow showers were reported in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Chester County.
Panovich said heavy rain would lead to snow showers later Tuesday morning after the first flurries were reported around 6:45 a.m.
“What we’re seeing now is a big shield of mostly rain,” Panovich said. “As the heavier precipitation begins to fall, we will begin to see a mix with snow.”
Flurries were spotted in uptown Charlotte around 9:30, but the heavier precipitation was south and east of the city.
According to WCNC, Panovich said some of the models are indicating a narrow band that would see up to 2 inches of snow Tuesday. The storm’s shift to the south and east is unusual for snow in the Charlotte area but he was quick to point out this isn’t a normal setup.
“Through about 9, 10 or 11 a.m., the heaviest snow band will be just south and east of I-85, which is something that doesn’t happen often in wintertime,” Panovich said. “By noon, there could be some lingering snow in Union County toward Stanly and Anson counties then it’s gone quickly.”