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Christmas will be cold: Holiday morning lows in 20s, highs in 40s

The rain has left, floodwaters have subsided, and now the Charlotte region faces a chilly Christmas holiday.

There even will be a bit of snow for parts of the North Carolina mountains, before a return to more seasonal conditions later in the week.

The storm system responsible for Monday’s downpour is no longer an issue for the East Coast. The official rainfall total at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was 3.37 inches, and totals of around 4 inches were reported in the area.

That caused street flooding across the Charlotte region, but all roads were open again by Tuesday morning.

Christmas Eve in the Carolinas Piedmont was marked by sunny skies and an unofficial high temperature in Charlotte of 49 degrees. Throughout the day, temperatures were 20 to 25 degrees cooler than Monday’s readings.

Christmas is predicted to be the coldest day of the week, with morning lows in the lower 20s. Despite sunshine, afternoon highs are only expected to hit the lower 40s.

Conditions will become milder for the rest of the week, with highs Thursday and Friday in the lower 50s, a degree or two above average. And with at least partly sunny skies, highs on Saturday and Sunday are predicted to reach the mid-50s.

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