Will the sun, warmth return for Easter?

Carolinas residents are putting cold weather concerns behind them and looking ahead with hopes for a nicer Easter weekend.

Meteorologists say that wish might come true, although there could be a few bumps in the road between now and Sunday.

Freeze warnings were posted for Thursday morning across much of the Charlotte region, but temperatures didn’t drop to the same chilly levels as Wednesday morning, when many areas had readings in the upper 20s.

The unofficial low at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was 37 degrees. It fell to 30 degrees at Lincolnton. Temperatures were not cold enough to damage the strawberry, apple and peach crops, and now forecasters say a warming trend will get underway.

Low pressure is forming in the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to move along the Gulf Coast later Thursday and Friday before crossing northern Florida.

Some rain is possible for the Charlotte area, and probably a lot of rain closer to the coast.

National Weather Service meteorologists say a few of the showers at the northern edge of the storm system could reach the Charlotte area Friday and early Saturday.

Forecasters from Accu-Weather said from 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall from Charlotte eastward, with 2 to 4 inches and flooding possible east of Interstate 95. Accu-Weather said the best chance of rain in Charlotte is Saturday.

Cloud cover from the low pressure system will limit Friday’s highs to the upper 50s across the area.

Saturday’s highs depend on where the heavier rain falls, and whether Charlotte can get any clearing during the day.

Easter Sunday appears to be the best day of the weekend. Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 40s for sunrise services, but sunshine is forecast to send afternoon readings into the low 70s across the region.

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