Many Charlotteans snuggled inside, stayed warm and dry Wednesday as snow covered much of the state. But for residents sick of the cold, there’s good news: You may not need to wear a jacket this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to rise to the upper 50s on Saturday, with a high of 61 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. That’s nearly 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year, meteorologist Jake Wimberley said.
Wimberley expectsthe snow to melt by Friday before the uptick in temperatures.
The recent fluctuation in temperatures is the result of a shift in the jet stream. Earlier in the month, when frigid weather plagued the region, the jet stream was south of Charlotte, which brought in cool air, Wimberley said.
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The weekend’s warmth comes as the jet stream moves north.
“It’s kind of a battle, if you will,” he said. “That’s why we tend to have these wide temperature changes.”
Temperatures are normally in the low 50s in the Charlotte region during this time of year.
Things should go back to normal by the middle of next week, Wimberley said.
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