CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Expect mostly sunny skies through the afternoon as today’s high temperatures aim towards the mid-50s. But clear conditions won’t last long; clouds will build in overnight as a cold front moves in from the west into the Carolinas.
While Friday will be cloudy to start, morning temperatures will be a few degrees above average in the mid-30s.
Scattered showers are likely during the first half of the day Friday, but the more notable feature of this frontal passage will be the cold air that rush behind the front.
After reaching the low to mid 50s Friday afternoon, highs will struggle to climb into upper 40s Saturday and Sunday. And as you’d expect, the most startling chill will be felt Saturday morning with temperatures starting out the mid 20s in Charlotte.
Dry conditions will persist through Monday (MLK Day) into Tuesday, accompanied by rebounding temperatures in the low to mid 50s.
It’s a different story in the mountains where temperatures will stay mostly below freezing Friday night through MLK Day.
Moisture on either side of the aforementioned cold front will produce winter weather starting early Friday--a wintry mix with successive rounds of light snow expected each day through Monday. The highest elevations could receive about 3″ of fresh snow before the holiday weekend ends. Simply put, a skiers’ delight!
-Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey