Morning rain gone; Charlotte set for 80-plus again

Forecasters say morning clouds will give way to increasing amounts of sunshine and another warm afternoon Thursday across the Charlotte region.

In fact, the area is in store for two more days of 80-degree-plus weather before a cold front arrives Friday night.

A weak area of low pressure crossed northern North Carolina on Thursday morning, triggering showers and thunderstorms. A few of the storms became strong, and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for a time across Burke, McDowell and Rutherford counties northwest of Charlotte.

The storms produced nickel-size hail about 8:30 a.m. near Glen Alpine in Burke County and dime-size hail near Marion in McDowell County. A bit of light rain fell in the Charlotte area, but the showers and storms moved northeast of the region by mid-morning.

With improved conditions, temperatures are expect ed to climb above 80 degrees across the Charlotte region. In fact, readings could approach Wednesday’s high in Charlotte, which was 86 degrees and tied the daily mark set in 2010.

A few recording stations in the sandhills south and east of Charlotte hit 90 degrees Wednesday.

More of the same is forecast for Friday, but an advancing cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms into the area later in the day.

Cooler weather but partial sunshine is forecast for Saturday, with highs in the low 70s.