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Finally ... some spring weather for Charlotte

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Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
After weeks of polar cold fronts and possible winter storms, Charlotte is in store for showers, thunderstorms, and mild temperatures over the next several days.

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It’ll be wet at least part of Saturday, but this weekend will have a springtime feel across the Charlotte region.

After weeks of dealing with polar cold fronts and possible winter storms, Charlotte is in store for a dose of showers, thunderstorms and mild temperatures over the next several days.

Forecasters say the wet part of the weather will come Saturday, with plenty of sun on Sunday.

A cold front is expected to push into the region early Saturday, then stall for several hours until a low pressure system moves along the front and drags it to the east. That will translate into drizzle and a few showers early Saturday, then a round of heavier showers and thunderstorms in the early-afternoon hours.

“It’ll probably be kind of murky at daybreak Saturday, with fog, low clouds and mist,” said Scott Krentz of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C. “Then we might get a lull for several hours before the next round.”

It is possible that clouds will break for some sunshine later Saturday morning, and that would send temperatures into the lower 70s. Even without the sun, Charlotte is expected to be in the 60s Saturday.

Some meteorologists say Saturday’s storms could turn severe across central and eastern North Carolina. Krentz said the morning clouds probably will prevent storms from becoming severe in the Charlotte region, but he added, “If we get any extended breaks of sunshine, that could destabilize the atmosphere and allow for some stronger storms.”

Behind the front, enough cold air will filter into the mountains to allow for 1 or 2 inches of snow to fall Saturday night. At the lower elevations, cooler weather is forecast Sunday but with plenty of sunshine. Charlotte’s highs will be in the mid 60s.

Then after a chilly morning Monday, with lows possibly dropping into the upper 30s, sunshine and highs in the 70s are expected for much of the week.

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