FIRST ALERT DAY: Cold and wet Friday on its way

Published: Oct. 26, 2018 at 12:27 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Low pressure now well-organized along the Gulf coast will follow Thursday’s clouds and drift our way making for a miserable day here Friday.

It’s a one-two punch coming: as the wet weather will be coupled with very cold, raw temperatures in the 40s all day long. It’s with this in mind that Friday has been declared a First Alert Day.

There was a noticeable chill in the air Thursday, after beginning today in the 40s temps didn’t recover much with the thickening cloud canopy.

Most areas never made it out of the mid 50s for daytime highs.

Many of the WBTV area high school football games were rescheduled from Friday evening to Thursday night.

Under mostly cloudy skies, evening temperatures will hold in the 50s, though fall into the 40s overnight as rain closes in.

On Friday, while we don’t see a real threat for major flooding, there could be a little localized flooding, especially in urban areas and neighborhoods where there may be some heavier downpours.

When it’s all done, most neighborhoods in the WBTV viewing area should pick up about an inch or so of rain by Friday night.

Looking ahead, the storm system is expected to be progressive, so it should shove off the east coast and morph into the first ‘Nor’easter of the season with heavy rain and interior snow for New York and New England over the weekend.

Locally, gradual improvement is expected here. Both Saturday and Sunday will be mainly dry with more breaks of sunshine and highs improving to near 60° on Saturday with mid 60s expected for Sunday.

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