Don’t get used to the weather any time during the next week, because change will be the only consistent pattern across the Charlotte region.
Forecasters say Tuesday morning’s sunshine will give way to clouds and then rain by late evening, followed by a damp and cool Wednesday, and then nice conditions Thursday and Friday.
An arctic outbreak will cover the region Saturday and Sunday, but it’ll be short-lived, with a return to more seasonal conditions by Monday.
Someone in the Carolinas could get snow Saturday.
Low pressure is bringing rain Tuesday morning to the south of the Charlotte region, and that system is expected to move northward throughout the day. Temperatures will be mild, with highs around 60 degrees.
But by afternoon, clouds are expected to replace the sunshine. The rain is forecast to arrive around 9 p.m. in Charlotte and continue overnight and Wednesday morning. Rainfall will be light to moderate, similar to Monday morning, with between one-quarter and one-half inch expected.
The low pressure system will help create a cold air wedge across the Charlotte region Wednesday, which means overcast skies and damp conditions. Highs will struggle to reach 50 degrees for a high.
Then, forecasters say, high pressure will dominate the region Thursday and Friday. That will include a return of sunshine, and highs each day in the upper 50s. But a strong cold front is expected to cross the area late Friday, setting the stage for a very chilly weekend.
Saturday’s high temperatures depend on the track of a low pressure system that is expected to form and cross somewhere in the Southeast. If Charlotte is close to the system, Saturday will be cloudy, and temperatures might not escape the 30s. Under that scenario, snow would be a possibility somewhere in the Piedmont or foothills.
Most computer models predict the system will remain farther offshore, sparing the Piedmont of any snow. That would mean more sunshine, and highs in the mid 40s.
The coldest air is likely Sunday, when, despite sunshine, highs will struggle to hit 40 degrees.
A return to milder weather is predicted Monday for Presidents Day, with sunshine and highs in the lower 50s.