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Some serious autumn weather coming next week

You might want to spend some time this weekend hauling the sweaters, hats and coats out of storage. You’ll need them next week.

The first significant outbreak of chilly air this autumn season is taking aim at the eastern United States, and forecasters say the Carolinas will get a serious dose of cool air. That means morning lows in the 40s, rather than the 50s and 60s that we’ve experienced in recent weeks.

And there could be sunrise temperatures in the upper 30s by late next week, with frost possible in the mountains and foothills.

“A Canadian air mass is moving in, and it will be bringing a real taste of autumn,” said Scott Krentz, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

Saturday morning probably will be the last time Charlotte has lows in the 50s for a while, in fact.

Krentz said a cold front crossed the area late Thursday night. Another front is expected to arrive late in the weekend, with a third front crossing the region around Tuesday of next week.

A couple of weak upper-level low pressure systems are forecast to pass over the Carolinas on Saturday, and that probably will result in mostly cloudy skies, Krentz said. Highs will be in the 70s. There is a slight chance of a passing shower, but most areas are expected to remain dry. Partial sunshine is expected to return Sunday, but high temperatures will only reach the upper 60s.

And that will set the stage for next week. By late in the week, forecasters say, Charlotte’s daytime highs will only be in the middle 60s, despite sunny skies.

“With those kinds of temperatures, we could be looking at frost,” Krentz said, referring to higher elevations northwest of Charlotte.

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