First Alert: Friday rain to impact morning commute

WBTV Thursday morning weather forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Early sunshine today will give way to more clouds and afternoon readings in the middle 50s.

Lowering and thickening clouds tonight will help keep overnight lows from falling much below 40°.

First Alert: Friday will start with clouds and a few spotty showers – maybe even a little predawn wintry mix in the mountains – before our next front pushes off quickly to the east taking the morning rain with it.

The balance of Friday will bring some sunshine back with even milder afternoon readings rising to the upper 50s. Friday morning’s cold front will drift well south of the WBTV viewing area Friday night, offering more sunshine and drier conditions for Saturday with seasonal highs in the low to mid 50s.

There are still some nagging discrepancies in the long-range models as to the placement of a weekend wave of low pressure, but most point to any wave being far enough away from Charlotte to keep our rain chances very low, while others don’t.

Right now, we’re sticking with the idea of just a 20% chance for rain to return Saturday night into early Sunday morning, mainly in areas south / east of I-85, but that forecast is subject to change. As the wave pulls away, Sunday should dry out with afternoon readings jump into the upper 50s.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast for the start of the new work week with highs holding in the upper 50s on Monday, perhaps rising to the lower 60s on Tuesday.

Hope you have a great day!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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