Chilly, rainy weather likely this weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A cool and cloudy pattern will greet most of you on your Saturday morning with a few showers popping up from time to time. While not ideal for the MLK parade at 10:00am uptown Charlotte on Saturday morning, it certainly doesn’t look like a washout, so I would encourage everyone to go and enjoy the event. With respect to the remainder of the day, showers will continue to dot the region as a precursor to heavier and steadier rain overnight. But that’s the real key to this weekend’s rain – most of it falls overnight largely sparing the daylight hours.

With the rain moving out quickly on Sunday morning, there’s no question Sunday will be the prettier of the two days.

But there’s a catch, as Sunday wears on, the winds will increase as very cold Arctic air arrives for the second half of the day. With all that said, I expect skies to by mainly clear east of the mountains making for good viewing conditions for the Total Lunar Eclipse getting underway at 10:33 p.m. Sunday evening.

But the wind and cold air will drive wind chills down into the teens across the region, so bundle up if planning on staying outside to view the eclipse.

Highs on Saturday will reach into the upper 50s. On Sunday highs hover in the upper 40s during the afternoon before dropping like a rock during the evening.

Temperatures will plummet through the 30s, dropping into the 20s during the eclipse. Again, that doesn’t factor in the wind chill.

The first half of next week looks cold and dry until rain roars back next Thursday.

Enjoy your weekend and keep it safe!

Meteorologist Eric Thomas.

Friday night weather forecast: 11pm

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