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Mild, wet weekend, but good news for Panthers fans

Charlotte-area residents won’t see much sun this weekend, but they will be able to put away the winter clothing for several days.

Milder temperatures are expected to push into the region for the next several days, although there will be two periods of rainfall.

And forecasters have good news for Carolina Panthers fans. This weekend’s rainy conditions are expected to have moved east of Charlotte hours before kickoff for Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots.

After two straight mornings with record-setting 21-degree lows, it was not quite so frigid Friday. Charlotte’s unofficial low was 29 degrees.

Meteorologists say milder air will keep readings well above freezing until early next week.

Forecasters expect Saturday to dawn with clouds and fog. The clouds will hang around during the day, but temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid-60s. That is about 20 degrees warmer than Wednesday’s highs.

Another band of showers, connected with a cold front, is forecast to arrive Sunday evening. The showers will continue overnight but end Monday morning.

Computer models originally indicated rain would continue into Monday evening, but the models now show precipitation moving east of the area by early afternoon. It will be mild Monday, with highs approaching 70 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s during much of Monday night’s NFL game.

Colder weather will return Tuesday and continue for most of the week, although temperatures are predicted to be about 10 degrees milder than this week’s frigid weather.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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