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Severe thunderstorms possible for Charlotte region late Thursday, early Friday

WBTV First Weather Alert forecast for 03.31.16

WBTV meteorologist Chris Larson with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for March 31, 2016.
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WBTV meteorologist Chris Larson with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for March 31, 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are possible for the Charlotte region late Thursday and early Friday.

Conditions along and ahead of a cold front could support a band of strong thunderstorms across the Piedmont, according to a hazardous weather outlook statement by the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

The broad band of moisture is headed our way from the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday has only a 40 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 4 p.m.

Otherwise, the day will remain mostly cloudy, with a high near 74, according to the weather service.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms rises to 70 percent late Thursday and early Friday.

Friday has an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with an expected high of 78. Heavy downpours are possible.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms should diminish to 40 percent Friday night and 30 percent Saturday.

Saturday night should be mostly clear, and Sunday through Wednesday should be sunny and cooler.

Highs are forecast to reach 69 Saturday, 63 Sunday, 69 Monday and 62 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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