CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A cold front is moving to the east and will affect our weather across the Carolinas for the next two days.
On Thursday, the wind will shift and begin to bring in more moisture. As a result, our rain chances will go up – especially in the afternoon to the evening. There could even be pockets of heavy rain. Things should die down a bit overnight and then crank back up again on Friday.
Friday will be the more active of the two days. There could even be a few severe thunderstorms. (Yes, they can even happen in January!) As the front approaches, the rain chance increases in the mountains about midday. It will then push to the east and bring heavier rain to the rest of us from the late afternoon into the evening. The evening commute could be impacted with the rain and thunderstorms.
By Saturday, we will see improvement but also cooler temperatures. We will go from the 60s on Friday to the 50s on Saturday. We will be in the 40s on Sunday.
After blasting into the mid 60s on Tuesday, we'll fall back into the 50s with less sunshine expected Wednesday, but not much rain, at least not yet. The wind also changes direction helping to bring down the temperatures.
Showers will be on the increase on Thursday, but Friday is the bigger concern, as a potent front will race across the region producing heavy, gusty showers with isolated strong to possibly even severe thunderstorms. Along with the increased chance for rain later in the week, there will be an increase in temperatures as well. Thursday will bring readings back up into the mid 50s, while the mid to upper 60s return with the severe weather threat on Friday.
The timing is significant too, as the highest probability of disruptive weather will be Friday evening when many people are potentially moving about trying to enjoy their leisure time. And so, Friday is a First Alert Day and know that we are monitoring the situation.
By the weekend, cooler weather will filter in as we dry out. Sunshine returns on Saturday with highs in the 50s, but chillier 40s are anticipated for Sunday and Martin Luther King Day.
- Meteorologist Al Conklin