Be sure to wear a winter coat if you plan to attend an Easter sunrise service in the Charlotte area.
“I think I would want one if I was out there,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jake Wimberley said about Sunday morning.
The forecast calls for possible frost Easter morning, as temperatures are expected to range from 32 to 36 degrees across Mecklenburg County, Wimberley said.
Sunday’s low is expected to hit 35 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Wimberley said. “The normal low for April 5 is 44, so this is eight to 10 degrees colder than normal,” he said.
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“It’s not as cold as we’ve seen in the middle of winter, but it is cold for the season,” Wimberley said.
Clouds were forecast to move into the area Friday night and remain through mid-morning Saturday, before gradually clearing. Saturday’s high is forecast to reach 65, considerably cooler than the 80s reached on Friday.
By late Saturday, high pressure will plop right over the Charlotte area, bringing with it the calmest of winds and clearest of skies, but also a temperature drop and frost potential, Wimberly said.
“It will be very calm,” Wimberley said. “We may not see winds for hours at a time Sunday morning. Very still, very peaceful.”
Sunday should be all sunshine, with a high of about 67, according to the NWS. Sunday night will turn cloudy, with a slight chance of rain toward dawn Monday and a 30 to 40 percent chance during the day Monday, Wimberley said.
Egg hunts and festivities
A sampling of egg hunts and festivities from the Charlotte area:
▪ Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $6 per child; $6 per adult. Registration for the Easter Egg Hunt is closed, but participants can enjoy other Easter activities, including games and crafts. www.lattaplantation.org.
▪ Lazy 5 Ranch, 15100 Mooresville Rd. , Mooresville. All day Saturday. $8 per child; $11 per adult. www.lazy5ranch.com.
▪ Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Normal admission; $41.99 online for a one-day ticket. www.carowinds.com.
Many churches will start Easter Sunday with outdoor sunrise services, weather permitting. Here are a few:
▪ Five Charlotte churches will hold a 6:30 a.m. Resurrection Sunday service at uptown’s Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. The churches: First Presbyterian, St. John’s Baptist, First United Presbyterian, Grier Heights Presbyterian and Caldwell Presbyterian.
▪ Myers Park United Methodist, 1501 Queens Road, will hold a 7 a.m. service at the columbarium.
▪ Avondale Presbyterian, 2821 Park Road, will start its service at 6:45 a.m.
▪ Bagpipes will play on the front lawn at 7 a.m. at Pineville United Methodist, 110 S. Polk St.
▪ Providence United Methodist will hold a 7 a.m. service in the memorial garden, 2810 Providence Road.
▪ In Huntersville, Asbury United Methodist, 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, will start its service at 7 a.m.