Forecasters say the Charlotte area is in store for some relief after Wednesday morning’s 14-degree temperature that set a record for the date and was the coldest ever for this early in the season.
A warming trend began Wednesday afternoon, when temperatures climbed into the low and middle 40s across the region, and National Weather Service meteorologists said readings could be near 70 degrees early next week – before another surge of cold air arrives for Thanksgiving.
Wednesday’s cold was part of a surge of arctic air that set records across the central and eastern United States and helped produce 5-foot snowfalls south of Buffalo, N.Y. In the nearly 140 years that weather records have been kept in Charlotte, it has never been so cold this early in November.
Temperatures were even colder in Morganton, which fell to 11 degrees, and Taylorsville, which had a low of 12 degrees. The average morning low at this time of year in Charlotte is 38 degrees.
Better times are ahead, forecasters said.
Thursday morning’s lows are expected to be about 10 to 15 degrees milder than Wednesday morning. Highs on Thursday are forecast to reach the low 50s.
A low pressure system is expected to bring a soaking rain Sunday, along with even milder temperatures, with highs in the lower 60s. By Monday, forecasters said, highs in Charlotte could be near 70 degrees.