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Sunny Easter break weather turns ugly Thursday, Friday

Students and others who have been on break this week are enjoying decent weather, but that will change abruptly Thursday and Friday.

A low pressure system that will follow the track favored by winter storms is expected to bring a soaking rain to the Charlotte region, starting sometime late Thursday morning or afternoon. The rain won’t end until Friday morning, forecasters say.

The low pressure system already was spreading high cloudiness into the Carolinas at midday Wednesday, and clouds are expected to increase later in the day. The storm system is over the northern Gulf of Mexico and predicted to cross northern Florida and then move up the East Coast later Thursday and Friday.

In winter, such a storm track often brings frozen precipitation to the Charlotte region. But since it’s early April, the area will get a cold, soaking rain. Meteorologists think about an inch of rain will fall from the system.

We’re squeezing out one more decent day Wednesday, with temperatures expected to approach 60 degrees by later in the afternoon.

On Thursday, with clouds and rain around, high temperatures might not escape the middle and upper 40s. That is about 20 degrees colder than average for this time of year.

Friday’s highs will be near 60 degrees, but little or no clearing is forecast.

Big-time improvement is predicted for the weekend, with partial sunshine and highs in the mid 60s Saturday and near 70 degrees Sunday.

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