Dry, mild weather expected throughout the weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Good evening. I hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and the dry weather that we saw this Saturday. It was a cold start with morning lows dipping down into the low thirties here in Charlotte Saturday morning. And even with full sunshine temperatures hovered in the upper forties most of the afternoon… before briefly topping out at 50 degrees.

We’ll maintain this quiet weather pattern for a few more days, until a strong cold front sweeps across the region on Tuesday. This will bring a quick shot of rain and mountain snow to the Carolina’s with temperatures plummeting behind the front.

Saturday night: Clear skies and cold.

Lows will be in the upper twenties and low thirties.

Winds will be light and out of the southwest.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies, with increasing afternoon cloudiness.

Highs will climb into the low fifties late in the day.

Winds will light out of the southwest up to 5 mph.

Our next chance for rain and snow will arrive on Tuesday.

This will be a quick moving system, and that will limit the amount of accumulating precipitation across the WBTV viewing area.

It’s still early in the game, but right now models are pointing at a .25 to .50 inch of rain in the piedmont. Precipitation in the mountains will start as rain, and then quickly transition over to snow. For the piedmont it will be a race between the rain moving east and the cold air slamming into the Carolinas.

For us low landers it’s mainly just rain with a low end chance for a few snow flurries at the precipitation tracks east. Expect some very cold temperatures behind the front. Overnight lows will fall into the upper teens and low twenties Wednesday morning and afternoon highs will only be in the upper thirties to low forties.

Until then, enjoy what looks to be another nice winter day on Sunday.

Meteorologist Chris Larson

Saturday night weather forecast: 11pm

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