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The threat of wintry weather in Charlotte, North Carolina, has diminished, according to WCNC’s Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich.

A storm system currently affecting the West Coast will bring the potential for ice and freezing rain to the Carolinas on Friday, before changing to very cold rain.

The biggest threat of ice will be in western North Carolina, particularly in areas near the mountains.

“That’s the typical area right up against the mountains, the foothills and northwest Piedmont, a little chance down here toward Lake Norman,” Panovich said. “It’s really Interstate 40 and west of Shelby and Cleveland County.”

However, Panovich does not expect significant accumulation and anticipates that any ice will melt quickly once the rain moves in.

“We’re not looking at a huge amount of ice, just enough that it could cause slick spots in the morning,” he said. “Once that rain moves in, everything changes to rain and melts pretty quickly.”