AM Forecast: Soggy, foggy start to the new year

WBTV Friday morning weather forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A First Alert is in effect today as waves of rain move through the WBTV viewing area on the first of day of 2021.

While the rain is the big weather story of the day, low visibility is the main issue this morning especially across the Piedmont and the Foothills. Currently, a Dense Fog Adversary is effect until 8 a.m. today for the entire area with exception of the Mountains where bands of rain are moving in from the west.

Batches of heavy rain will advance east through the day. Widespread downpours and isolated thunderstorms will dominate the region through the afternoon and into the early evening hours.

Most communities should anticipate about an inch of rainfall before the day ends. That said, isolated flooding isn’t out of the question near streams and poor drainage areas. Meanwhile, temperatures will linger in the upper 40s and lower 50s all day long and into the overnight hours.

While rain chances are lower this weekend, all neighborhoods won’t be completely dry as scattered showers will favor areas east of I-77 Saturday. Another system will push north into the Carolinas Sunday, providing the entire area with decent chance for more rain during the morning hours.

This weekend weather maker may also produce a few flurries in the Mountains, but accumulating snowfall isn’t expected.

In terms of temperatures, Saturday will be usually warm as temperatures soar to the mid to upper 60s. Highs will top out near 60° Sunday before backing off a tad into the mid to upper 50s for the remainder of the week.

Brighter and calmer conditions return through the first half of the workweek as high pressure moves in the Carolinas.

Have a Happy New Year!

- First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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