Cold start, better finish today

WBTV Thursday morning weather forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - With a sprawling high-pressure system parked right over the WBTV viewing area, we’re starting off the day with the coldest temperatures since early last March. 

Daybreak readings backed into the 20s for just about every neighborhood from the mountains to the Piedmont, but following the sub-freezing start, more sunshine today will boost afternoon readings into the upper 50s.

Under clear skies, tonight will still be chilly, but it won’t quite as cold as recent nights with most locations bottoming out in the 30s.

A bigger rebound kicks in on Friday sending highs back into the mid to upper 60s. There will probably be a few more clouds around over the weekend, but the rain chance will remain very low. 

Afternoon temperatures will continue the late-week warming trend, heading to near 70° Saturday before backing just a tad to the upper 60s Sunday. More clouds will gather Sunday in advance of a weak front that will cross the region with an isolated shower or two on Monday with highs holding in the upper 60s.

Behind Monday’s front, Tuesday and Wednesday will be cooler with afternoon readings backing down to near 60° both days. The best chance for rain next week will arrive on Wednesday when a more potent front is forecast to drive across the region with showers and perhaps even a couple of thunderstorms.

Thereafter, we hopefully dry out again and with any luck, be rain-free for the holiday. 

Thanksgiving is still a week out, so this early-call forecast is subject to adjustment, but at this point, it looks like we’ll have seasonal temps in the lower 60s under partly cloudy skies.

Hope you have a great day!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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