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Frigid blast headed for Carolinas

A blast of cold air taking aim at the Carolinas could produce the chilliest conditions so far this season.

The coldest temperatures are expected Sunday and Monday, but forecasters say they don’t see a real warm-up taking place any time next week.

Charlotte-area residents were able to enjoy mild conditions Friday, with temperatures climbing into the 60s. And more of that is expected Saturday, before the cold front arrives in the afternoon.

“After that, everything changes,” said Doug Outlaw, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

Temperatures will struggle to climb above 40 degrees Sunday, despite full sunshine. And about the same conditions are forecast for Monday, when morning lows could fall into the upper teens in the Charlotte area.

Outlaw said gusty winds will accompany the cold blast late Saturday and Sunday in the mountains, and it will even be breezy in the Charlotte region Sunday.

“It will be enough to add a chill to the air,” he said.

Average high and low temperatures at this time of year in Charlotte are 60 and 38. Outlaw said readings behind the cold front will be about 20 degrees below average.

Lurking behind this cold air mass is a storm system that is predicted to develop over the Southwest, move into the northern Gulf of Mexico early next week, then come up the Southeast coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

That system is expected to bring a soaking rain, chilly temperatures, and the threat of travel disruption on what is the biggest travel day of the year – Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

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