The winds that howled across Charlotte Wednesday marked a change in the area’s weather, at least for a day.
After enjoying 70-degree-plus temperatures since early in the week, Charlotte-area residents are getting reacquainted with winter.
Temperatures on Thursday morning are expected to be around 30 degrees – or 30 degrees colder than at daybreak Wednesday. Afternoon highs then will only reach the upper 40s, forecasters say.
About 2 to 3 inches of new snow could be on the ground Thursday morning in North Carolina’s mountains.
Winds were the big story Wednesday.
The circulation around a strong low pressure system moving eastward through the Great Lakes brought gusts of more than 35 mph to the Charlotte area during the afternoon and into the evening. Forecasters said the gusts could be strong enough to cause scattered power outages.
More than 2,700 Matthews-area customers lost power late Wednesday afternoon, apparently due to a fallen tree limb on wires. But as of late afternoon, at least, Duke Energy was avoiding the kind of problems that developed in last Friday’s ice storm, when hundreds of thousands of power outages were reported.
The change to cold weather won’t last, meteorologists say.
A warming trend is expected to commence Friday, with highs climbing toward 60 degrees. Mild weather is predicted again Saturday.
Low pressure and cooler temperatures are possible Sunday and especially Monday, say forecasters, but a return to 60-plus-degree weather is predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday.