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Storms, rain bear down on Charlotte

A cold front, bolstered by moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen, brought showers and thunderstorms as it moved slowly eastward across the Charlotte region Monday.

In the wake of the cold front will be the first real taste of autumn weather so far this season, forecasters say.

High temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are not expected to climb above the mid-60s. Cloudy skies and a few showers, especially on Thursday, will add to the autumnlike conditions.

Monday’s cold frontal passage produced heavy rain in a few locations, especially west of Charlotte. The rain reached the immediate Charlotte area in the midst of the morning commute. Wet streets might have contributed to a rash of traffic collisions across the region.

The heaviest rain in the immediate Charlotte area fell in the northern part of Mecklenburg County. Automated gauges reported more than 1.5 inches fell west of Cornelius and Huntersville. Much smaller amounts were reported in the southern part of the county.

A few breaks of sun in the afternoon allowed temperatures to reach 79 degrees, but forecasters say that will be the last of above-average temperatures until possibly later in the week.

The cold front is forecast to stall in the eastern Carolinas on Tuesday, and meteorologists expect a low pressure system – formed from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen – to move up the East Coast later Tuesday and Wednesday. That will bring cloudy skies and cool weather to Charlotte. A few showers are possible Tuesday, and showers are more likely Wednesday, forecasters say.

Drier and warmer weather, with highs in the mid-70s, is forecast for Thursday into the weekend.

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