Charlotte could get 8 inches of snow this weekend, National Weather Service predicts

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Charlotte can expect 6 to 8 inches of snow this weekend, the National Weather Service predicted Wednesday, while cautioning that forecast totals will change in the days ahead.

Even higher amounts are predicted to fall west, north and northeast of Charlotte, according to an early snowfall forecast map issued at 4 p.m. by the NWS office in Greer, S.C.

The season’s first Charlotte area snowstorm could be a doozie, with a foot to 18 inches of snow predicted in Statesville, Hickory and LIncolnton, 8 inches to a foot in Gastonia and Salisbury, and 4 to 6 inches in Monroe, according to the NWS map.

“Snowfall amounts are highly subject to change given any variability in track of weather system and temperature forecast,” the NWS cautioned beside its map.

“We’re very hesitant to give estimates, because this is heavily subject to change,” Trisha Palmer, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Greer, told The Charlotte Observer in a phone interview at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. “It is going to change.”

The NWS total predicted snowfall map is for snow that could fall between 7 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. Palmer told the Observer that the snow should arrive beginning early Sunday.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak