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Dry weather for a few days, but weekend rain again

The Charlotte region, still trying to dry out from last weekend’s 3-inch rain, will have a couple of more dry days before another storm system arrives on the final weekend of 2013.

Meteorologists say dry conditions and temperatures near the seasonal averages are expected Friday and much of Saturday. That means highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

But once again, forecasters say, the Carolinas won’t have a completely dry weekend. A low pressure system is predicted to move from the Gulf of Mexico across the Southeast, bringing a soaking rain from late Saturday through at least part of Sunday.

“We see a token chance of rain on Saturday afternoon, but we think it will be after dark Saturday before the rain becomes steadier,” said Chris Horne, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

Horne said rain will continue through the night and into Sunday morning. And he said there could be a period or two of heavy rain during that time. But computer models indicate the rainfall total from the storm will be less than what fell Sunday and Monday. Much of the area received 3 to 4 inches of rain, causing scattered problems with flooding.

Another difference with this weekend’s rain will be the temperature. Readings were in the 60s and 70s during the precipitation Sunday and Monday. The coming storm system will arrive with temperatures in the low- to mid-40s, Horne said.

Clearing is forecast for later Sunday, and meteorologists expect dry weather for Monday and Tuesday, the remaining days of the year.

A weak low pressure system brought light wintry precipitation to areas east of Charlotte on Thursday morning.

There were scattered reports of light freezing rain across central North Carolina, and some light freezing drizzle was reported in parts of the Charlotte region. But the precipitation ended by midmorning.

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