Charlotte faces freeze Wednesday morning

The warmest weekend of the year is about to be followed by near-record cold.

Forecasters say frost and a freeze are likely Wednesday morning across the Charlotte area, and more frost could develop Thursday morning. The cold snap will follow a rainy Tuesday in a week that seems to be turning out less than stellar for people trying to enjoy spring break.

A cold front is predicted to cross the region Tuesday, and once the skies clear Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to plummet. Just a few days after enjoying 80-degree weekend weather, Charlotte-area residents will see readings near 30 degrees Wednesday morning. The record for the date, 29 degrees set in 2008, could be in jeopardy.

And the high Wednesday is only expected to reach 57 degrees, made even cooler by a gusty northwest breeze. That is about 15 degrees below average. High temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the low 60s, still well below average.

Tuesday is looking like a washout, especially in the morning. Temperatures are forecast to remain in the 60s all day, but showers and thunderstorms are predicted to be numerous for the first half of the day.

The Easter weekend outlook is iffy. National Weather Service forecasters are opting for clouds and some sun Saturday, and then partly sunny skies Sunday, with highs each day in the low 70s. But some of the computer-generated forecasts indicate a coastal storm could spread rain into the Piedmont either day.