A somewhat wet weekend ahead, followed by a cold beginning to next week

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - After a largely sunny and pleasant day, we’re dealing with a quick shot of rain this evening that even brought another round of winter weather to the mountains, where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.

Even though it is below freezing in the higher elevations this right now, temperatures will actually rise overnight so any additional moisture that comes through after midnight will be rain, exiting by tomorrow morning. Otherwise, Friday will be overall pleasant with clouds and sun and temps approaching 60°.

Unfortunately, the nice weather Friday won’t linger into the holiday weekend.

While Saturday morning could bring a few lighter scattered showers, the rain chance really ramps up as the day unfolds. A period of potentially heavy rain will arrive during the evening and last through the night before moving out on Sunday. At this point, a general forecast of one inch of weekend rain seems like a reasonable call, so there’s no real concern for flooding.

The air behind Sunday’s front is shaping up to be very cold, so there’s an excellent chance that lingering moisture Sunday will be squeezed out in the form of snow over the mountains.

As for temperatures outside of the mountains, they won’t be too bad over the weekend. Despite the clouds and wet weather, highs will be in the upper 50s Saturday and low 50s Sunday before the coldest air of the season arrives for the start of the week.

Lows will fall into the teens and lower 20s Sunday night and highs on MLK Day won’t make it much out of the 30s despite plenty of sunshine Monday, falling back to near 20° again at night. In the mountains, expect sub-zero wind chill readings late Sunday into Monday.

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

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