One more nice day is in store for the Charlotte region before a storm system arrives with a soaking rainfall Thursday night, forecasters say.
The storm will move away in time for a dry weekend, but more rain is likely at the start of the next work week.
High pressure, which was responsible for high temperatures in the mid 60s Tuesday, will remain in control of the area’s weather Wednesday. Highs again will reach the 60s, with plenty of sunshine.
But forecasters say a low pressure system that is bringing heavy rain to parts of Texas today will push across the Gulf coast and then cut across the Southeast by Thursday.
In the Charlotte area, clouds are expected to increase tonight, with rain likely by Thursday afternoon. It will be cooler Thursday, with high temperatures probably not climbing much above 50 degrees. The rain is predicted to continue overnight before ending around daybreak Friday.
Meteorologists say it appears as if much of the area will get about an inch of rain from the system, although some locally heavier amounts are possible. Significant flooding problems are not expected. The heaviest rain is expected to fall between 10 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday.
Areas along and north of Interstate 40 could experience a bit of sleet or freezing rain when the precipitation begins Thursday evening in that area, but temperatures will warm enough to change everything to rain before any problems develop.
Some sunshine is forecast to return by Friday afternoon, with highs climbing into the upper 50s.
The weekend looks nice. Forecasters expect sunshine and highs in the low to mid 50s Saturday, then sun followed by increasing clouds Sunday, and highs in the mid 50s.
Another low pressure system could bring rain to the area Sunday night and Monday.