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Fog gone, but dense clouds are in control

The fog is gone, but a deck of low clouds is maintaining its grip on the Charlotte region Tuesday afternoon, spoiling meteorologists’ predictions of a sunny, pleasant afternoon for the final day of April.

Jake Wimberley, of the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C., said a shroud of stratus clouds is blocking sunshine and keeping temperatures cooler than expected east of the mountains.

Forecasters had called for mostly sunny conditions Tuesday afternoon, but the clouds appear as if they will maintain control for much of the afternoon.

Charlotte’s 1 p.m. temperature was 66 degrees. Forecasters had predicted readings in the mid 70s for today, but highs will fall short of that levels unless the clouds dissipate. There is little or no movement in the atmosphere this afternoon, and that is allowing the clouds to serve as a blanket between warmer air aloft and a layer of cooler air near the surface.

The only reporting station in the western Carolinas with any sunshine at 1 p.m. was Asheville.

All of this follows a foggy morning in the Charlotte region. The visibility was less than a half-mile around daybreak in Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill, Monroe and Concord. A dense fog advisory was issued in the Charlotte area for several hours.

A shower or two could develop Tuesday afternoon, forecasters say. Clouds, limited sun, and a chance of a shower will continue Wednesday and Thursday across the region.

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