BLOG: Warm end to the workweek, thunderstorms likely on Sunday

8:00 a.m. Saturday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The weekend will kick off with delightful weather as partly sunny skies will take us right back to around 80° by this afternoon with low humidity.  Unfortunately that's where the pretty weather ends.

We are tracking a large storm system crossing the country that could present us with our first bona fide severe weather threat of 2018 this Sunday.

A cold front will swing through during the day and push a line of storms that may contain strong gusty winds, a possible tornado and large hail.  Most likely time frame for the strong storms will be between 3pm and 8pm. The earlier arrival of course will be for points west of Charlotte and the later arrival for areas east of Charlotte. This puts the active weather over Charlotte around 5 or 6pm.

We do expect to clear out and dry out Monday when afternoon readings dip back into the 60s, just a bit below average for mid-April.

5:30 a.m. Friday

* Breezy & Warm End To Week
* First Alert Day Sunday
* Heavy Rain & Severe Weather Risk

If you're a fan of warmer weather, you're going to love the much-advertised warming trend that's now well underway!

As high pressure continues to dominate across the Southeastern U.S., it has tapped in warm air currently over the central/southern Plains and will send it in our direction over the next couple of days.  As a result, we can expect temps approaching 80 degrees Friday afternoon and again on Saturday. It will be mostly sunny, breezy and dry through this stretch as well.

Then there is the second half of the weekend. While there could be a shower towards Saturday evening, the better chance for rain will hold off until Sunday.  Saturday will turn out to be the better day of the weekend.

Thunderstorms are looking more likely as a cold front moves through late Sunday. We will continue to monitor the situation, but to provide you a heads up, Sunday has been declared a First Alert Day.

Heavy rain is in the forecast, with many neighborhoods likely to receive at least an inch or so, but damaging winds, as well as hail, may also be in play as the line of showers and storms advances across the region during the late afternoon / early evening hours.

We do expect to clear out and dry out Monday when afternoon readings dip back into the 60s, just a bit below average for mid-April.

Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

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- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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