This weekends weather forecast is bad news for anyone who wants Christmas-style conditions, but its great for those who havent put up their lights yet, or those who prefer to do holiday shopping in shorts and T-shirts.
After two days of chilly, damp weather, the Charlotte region is about to go back into the toaster, at least by second-week-of-December standards.
Temperatures are predicted to soar near 70 degrees Saturday and Sunday, marking a return to the unseasonably warm conditions we experienced earlier in the week. And there is still no sign of really cold conditions during at least the first half of the month.
A cold air wedge has been locked over the Carolinas since late Wednesday night, producing cloudy skies and occasional light showers. Temperatures continue to hover in the low 50s Friday afternoon in the Charlotte region, and meteorologists say the day will continue this way.
But the wedge -- a pocket of cold air pushed into the Piedmont from a high pressure system over New England -- is weakening.
Temperatures on Friday afternoon are warmer in some mountain locations than in the Piedmont, a sign that the pool of chilly air is weakening around the edges. National Weather Service meteorologists expect further erosion of the wedge overnight.
As warmer air moves into the region from aloft, forecasters say fog could form overnight when the cooler air gets trapped near the surface.
On Saturday, a milder southwest flow will push away the cold air. Forecasters say sunshine will break through the clouds, and temperatures will rise into the upper 60s.
Temperatures will rebound Saturday to something more akin to early spring, said Pat Moore, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.
Fans headed to the Carolina Panthers home game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons will enjoy great weather, with a bit of sun peeking through the clouds, and temperatures rising to around 70 degrees.
A cold front is forecast to arrive later Monday, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts are only expected to be around a quarter-inch, however, so the front wont bring much relief from the drought. Behind the front, high temperatures for the rest of next week are forecast to be in the middle 50s, which is about the average for this time of year.
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