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FIRST ALERT DAY: Heavy rain, thunder, lightning this morning

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

* First Alert Weekend
* Friday Daybreak Rain
* Accumulating Snow Sunday

FIRST ALERT DAY: At 3:30 a.m. a batch of heavy rain moved into the NC mountains. Thunder and lightning are also accompanying these storms. This put rain into the Charlotte area around 5 a.m.... just in time for the Friday morning commute. 

This is a very fast moving, and compact system and will clear the area by 8 a.m. at the latest.

Clearing and breezy this afternoon with high temperatures in the upper sixties. So it should be a sunny and mild Friday afternoon and evening... but the colder temps are quickly moving in along with the chance for Sunday morning snow.

Another First Alert Day has been issued for Sunday for potential accumulating snow, perhaps as far south as the greater Charlotte metro!

Then, we start to feel the weekend weather changes. Sharply colder air drains down into the region with highs in the low 50s Saturday and only in the low 40s on Sunday. A low-pressure system will also keep things unsettled. Most of Saturday will be dry but Saturday night and through the first half of Sunday will bring wet weather and possibly some significant mountain snow (3-5" and 2-3" across the foothills).

For most of the Charlotte area, a quick early morning burst of snow is not out of the question if the moisture can line up with the window of sub-freezing air early in the morning before temps rise above freezing. We are allowing for a coating to an inch of snow to account for that possibility across the greater Charlotte metro.

Check back for updates, especially on our forecast snow totals!

- Meteorologist Chris Larson

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