Charlotte residents enjoying temperatures in the mid-50s on Sunday said they were happy to have a reprieve from single-digit temperatures this week.
But forecasters said they shouldn’t get used to it. A week after a winter storm hit the region, Charlotte residents can expect warmer weather this week, National Weather Service meteorologist James Oh said. “We’re not going to see the frigid temperatures we had last week when it was single digits,” he said.
But temperatures will still drop below freezing, and there is still a chance of wintry precipitation on Monday and Friday, he said.
Starting on Sunday afternoon and heading into Monday morning, the Charlotte region could see rain move in from the southwest, Oh said. By Monday morning, there could be a little sleet mixed in with the rain. Precipitation is expected to taper off altogether later on Monday morning. “It will mostly be a rain event,” Oh said.
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Mary Whitesides said the warmer weather meant that her dog would get longer walks this week. Last week, she went outside with her dog for only three minutes at a time because “I just could not deal” with the cold, the North Carolina native said.
Brian Ignash wore shorts while running errands on Sunday. Originally from Michigan, he said he didn’t think the winter weather last week was too bad, although it was “a nightmare” for his wife, who had to drive to work. Ignash works from home.
“She is not a fan of the cold weather,” he said, noting that she had to leave an hour before work to make sure she got there on time. Her job is usually 15 minutes away, Ignash said.
Mya Evans, who is from Detroit, said she wasn’t too fazed by the winter weather last week, but she was happy about the warmer temperatures Sunday. “When you come from up north where snow is up to your knees in May, this is great,” she said. “This is like summertime.”
She added that she was glad Charlotte roads would not be covered in ice again this week.
“I don’t like ice,” she said. “I’d rather have snow over ice any day, because ice is so unpredictable.”
The rest of the week will remain fairly dry for most of the workweek, with highs ranging from the low to mid-40s, said Oh, with the National Weather Service. Lows will dip to the upper 20s and lower 30s.
Oh said the coldest day of the week will likely be Tuesday, when temperatures are forecast to drop to the mid-20s. The highs will reach the upper 30s to lower 40s, he said.
By Wednesday, the high temperature could reach the lower 50s, he said.
Oh said there is a chance for more precipitation on Friday night. If it’s cold enough, that expected rain could become snow. But he said that right now, there is only about a 30 percent chance of snow on Friday night. “We have a low chance at this time,” he said.
Precipitation is expected to continue into Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to warm up during the day on Saturday, he said.