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Carolinas to get 1-week break from cold, snow

Winter will go on vacation this week, as a changing weather pattern brings milder temperatures to the Carolinas for several days.

The last piles of snow from last week’s storm likely will be gone by midweek, with daily highs in the 60s expected from Tuesday through Sunday.

Temperatures, which climbed into the mid-50s Sunday, took a step back Monday. High pressure over the Northeast sent a flow of chilly air into the Carolinas, holding afternoon highs to the mid-40s. That is about 10 degrees below average for this time of year.

But a frontal system is predicted to cross the Carolinas overnight, signaling a change in the pattern. Behind the front, the atmospheric flow will be zonal for several days, meaning that weather systems will move from west to east, with little dip in the jet stream.

That is a recipe for warmer weather, and once the scattered overnight showers push east of the Charlotte area, Tuesday’s weather is expected to be a big improvement. Under increasingly sunny skies, highs are predicted to reach the lower 60s.

Highs in the upper 60s are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, and National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Horne said some Piedmont locations could see highs near 70 degrees Wednesday.

A cold front is predicted to cross the Carolinas on Friday, bringing showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs will be in the upper 60s, meteorologists say. The weekend forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers but highs in the lower 60s.

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