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PGA weather: Clouds, damp, cool

It could be worse, but today’s weather probably will fall short of what Wells Fargo Championship organizers were hoping for.

The persistent pattern of low pressure over the eastern United States is expected to bring another day of cloudy, damp, cool conditions for the Charlotte region.

Light rain fell overnight across much of the area but is tapering off to drizzle at daybreak, as the first threesomes prepare to tee off in the opening round of the tournament.

National Weather Service meteorologists say they expect the drizzle to end this morning, but a few showers are possible for the rest of the day.

You can blame it all on high pressure over the New England states – a common feature in our weather since early March. That high pressure has helped form a wedge of cool air in the Carolinas Piedmont, and cool air wedges almost always mean cloudy skies, light rain and cool temperatures. Those conditions are expected today, with high temperatures about 10 degrees below average for this time of year – in the mid to upper 60s.

Perhaps the nicest weather day during the Wells Fargo Championship will be Friday.

The onshore flow from the Atlantic is predicted to relent a bit on Friday, allowing at least partial sunshine. And that should send temperatures into the lower 70s.

By Saturday, a large upper-atmospheric low pressure system now over Louisiana is forecast to wobble its way slowly eastward, increasing our rain chances again. Meteorologists say precipitation likely will remain west of the Charlotte area Saturday, but mostly cloudy skies are expected, with high temperatures held to the middle 60s.

Clouds, a few showers and continued cool weather is predicted for Sunday.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday of next week, but temperatures are forecast to climb back into the 70s.

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