Showers, thunderstorms giving way to mostly sunny skies

Showers and thunderstorms moved into the Charlotte region about 4 a.m. Thursday but had moved to the east by 5:30 a.m.

Mostly sunny skies and a high near 69 are expected, although a slight, 20-percent chance of rain exists later in the afternoon and at night as a cold front crosses the area from the northwest.

National Weather Service models suggest enough moisture will survive the trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains to support light rain in parts of the Charlotte area until a little past midnight.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday should also be mostly sunny, but temperatures are expected to plummet.

Early Saturday should bottom out at 39 degrees and early Sunday at a below-freezing 30, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. Be sure to bring those plants inside.

Sunday’s high should near only 58, compared with the normal high of 70.

Temperatures should then improve to a low of about 42 early Monday and a high near 72 Monday and 70 Tuesday.

While Monday should be mostly sunny, showers are likely again Tuesday.

Sunshine should return Wednesday, although the high is expected to reach only 66 that day.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak