Freezing rain possible in Charlotte early Saturday when temperatures hit 20s

WBTV First Alert Weather 12.12.16

The WBTV First Alert Weather forecast.
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The WBTV First Alert Weather forecast.

Freezing rain is a possibility in Charlotte before daybreak Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg.

Temperatures after midnight that morning will hit a low of 29 degrees, with a 40 percent chance of rain in the forecast.

However, a predicted high of 48 degrees Saturday promises that ice won’t stick around long enough to hamper one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the season.

The weather service says it remains unclear just how much of that rain would fall in the predawn hours.

“Surface temperatures late Friday through daybreak Saturday will likely be cool enough to support at least some frozen precipitation through much of the forecast area,” says the weather service.

“The question remains whether or not any moisture will be able to make it into the area before this warming takes place...If we get sufficient moisture into the area overnight, light precipitation would likely spread across from southwest to northeast after midnight Friday, beginning as snow or a snow-rain mix.”

Temperatures Saturday will likely be around 5 degrees below normal.