Charlotte in store for warmest weekend so far in 2014

The warmest weekend so far this year is ahead for the Charlotte region, but it will be preceded by a chance of rain on Friday.

Forecasters say a weak frontal system will cross the Carolinas on Friday, accompanied by scattered showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 70s.

National Weather Service meteorologists said the storms are not expected to be severe in the Charlotte area, but they could be quite strong in the eastern half of the state, where the atmosphere is predicted to be more unstable.

Once the precipitation moves east of Charlotte on Friday evening, conditions are expected to improve rapidly.

Saturday and Sunday will feature sunny skies, say forecasters, with high temperatures reaching the lower 80s each day. Some locations near Charlotte could be in the mid 80s each afternoon.

A cold front will stretch east to west to the north of the Carolinas this weekend, forecasters said. That front will mark a vivid difference in temperatures. While the Carolinas enjoy summer-like weather this weekend, areas to the north in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky will be in the 50s and 60s.

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