Temperatures bounce above-average through Friday before colder air return this weekend

First Alert Forecast: Tuesday, Jan 12 @12pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Today is transition day with our latest rainmaker exiting off the Carolinas coast, drier air is attempting to move into the region from the west.

While the rain is over for the day, clouds have been slow to erode. So, expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies through the afternoon and early evening hours.

Jonathan Stacey's Tuesday afternoon forecast
Jonathan Stacey's Tuesday afternoon forecast (Source: WBTV)

Temperatures will continue to inch up over the next few hours before topping out in the low to mid-50s. But, clearing skies overnight will allow temperatures to plunge into the upper 20s by daybreak.

We’ll start Wednesday will a nice dose of sunshine, but clouds won’t totally be out of the picture - thanks to another wave marching across the Deep South.

On the flip side, we should remain dry but there is a low-end chance of a stray shower south of I-85 Wednesday evening.

With that disturbance well south of the Carolinas, the big weather story tomorrow and Thursday will be unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper 50s.

By contrast, highs temperatures are typically around 50 degrees during this time of the year.

Thursday’s mostly sunny skies will give way to increasing clouds during the overnight hours ahead of a strong cold front expected to drive through the area Friday.

Widely scattered showers in the Foothills and the Piedmont are likely with a rain-snow mix possible in the Mountains during this rather brief event.

While rain chances do jump up a bit, it’s the cold punch of air behind the front that will be the attention grabber. Highs will only reach the upper 40s Saturday and Sunday while lows will fall to the 20s by daybreak each morning.

After a chilly, but calm weekend another storm system will close in on the Carolinas on Monday (MLK Day) or Tuesday giving us another chance for rain and winter weather.

First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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