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Some smoke from mountain wildfires has arrived in Charlotte area, expected to dissipate as breeze picks up

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

As the winds have gradually shifted from the north to from the northwest, some of the smoke from the wildfires over the foothills (particularly South Mountain and Lake Lure) has arrived in the greater Charlotte area.  Most of it is aloft, but with an overnight inversion and calm surface winds, some smoke may reach ground level creating some scratchy throats early this morning.

As the breeze picks up after sunrise, much of the smoke should tend to dissipate over the Charlotte area, making it less noticeable over time.

After a sunny and seasonable Thursday in the 60s, lows have once again dipped into the chilly 30s this morning. There will be a brief rebound in the temps to around 70° this afternoon, before the coldest air of the season moves in for the weekend.

While the front won't bring rain, it will take us back to the upper 50s to low 60s for highs with nighttime lows falling to near or below freezing, even in Charlotte. This will be the first time reaching freezing for many areas. The last time we were as cool as Saturday's forecast high of 57° was April 9th (56°) and the last time we were as chilly as Sunday's forecast low of 29° was March 3rd (29°).

Rain-wise, today will mark 34 days straight without rain in Charlotte. The all time longest dry spell on record is 40 days, and we could have a legitimate shot at reaching that. The Drought has expanded by about 2-5% on average across NC with the latest update coming yesterday. The Burning Ban continues for western counties until further notice. 

- Al Conklin

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