First Alert declared as rain expected to affect morning commute

First Alert declared as rain expected to affect morning commute

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We’ve declared a First Alert for the rain around this morning which will impact the Charlotte-area commute. The long band of rain extends back southwest for several hundred miles, so, while the line gradually shifts north, some downpours will linger through the morning and into the midday hours before tapering down.

So, for the afternoon hours, there may not be much more than just a few spotty showers around, but low clouds are likely to hold strong.

Afternoon readings will rebound to the seasonal 50s, though if the cool wedge breaks – always a difficult forecast – we could wind up much milder, especially south/east of I-85. More clouds, rain and drizzle look to kick back in tonight with lows in the 40s.

That next system looks to bring more of the same – rain, drizzle, areas of fog and cold temperatures - both Friday and Saturday with temperatures generally holding in the 40s through Sunday morning.

The good news is that the long-range models continue to suggest the weekend front will exit the area by midday Sunday, so after a few parting showers, Sunday may actually turn out very nice, with some sunshine and afternoon readings in the lower 70s!

Dry and mild weather with highs in the 60s are expected for several days early next week.

Hold on for better weather down the road!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

First Alert Forecast: Thursday, Feb. 21 @ 12pm

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