Charlotte’s rain gets heavier for morning commute

02/05/2014 6:47 AM

02/05/2014 8:15 AM

Light rain fell throughout the night in Charlotte, but heavier precipitation is arriving for the Wednesday morning commute.

An area of moderate to heavy showers pushed into the immediate Charlotte area from the west around daybreak, and forecasters said they expect the rain to continue until mid-morning.

Much nicer conditions are predicted for Wednesday afternoon, before a return to cooler weather for the rest of the week.

The cluster of rain showers is connected to a cold front that will move through the Charlotte region during the morning hours. The front will scour out an area of cool, damp air that had become locked in place Tuesday in the Piedmont.

After the rain ends, skies are expected to clear partially, and forecasters predict temperatures will climb rapidly from the upper 30s – where reading have been stuck for nearly 24 hours – to the middle 60s by afternoon.

Cooler air will filter into the region Wednesday night, and highs Thursday are not expected to climb much above 50 degrees, despite partial sunshine.

Then another low pressure system is predicted to arrive Friday, bringing a chance of rain in the morning and early afternoon hours. Rain also is possible Saturday and Sunday, although forecasters say it is too early to iron out the details on when the rain will fall.

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