Rain, cooler weather ahead for Charlotte

A wet and cooler weekend appears to be in store for the Charlotte region and the rest of the Carolinas.

A cold front is forecast to cross the area early Friday, then stall along the Carolinas coast for several days. At the same time, weak areas of low pressure are expected to move along the front and bring a solid chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Clouds that had blanketed the Charlotte area for several days finally broke Thursday, allowing temperatures to climb into the middle and upper 80s. However, a cold front was approaching from the northwest.

The cold front is ushering in the edge of much cooler air from Canada. In fact, snow fell Thursday in parts of Montana, marking the earliest snowfall in many years for parts of the Rockies. Frost and far-below-average temperatures are predicted Friday and Saturday in parts of the Midwest.

Meteorologists said they don’t expect the heart of the cold air to reach the Southeast, especially with the front stalling not far to the east.

But high temperatures are only predicted to reach the mid-80s Friday, the upper 70s Saturday, and then the low to middle 70s Sunday.

The highest chance of rainfall will come Friday, due to a low pressure system moving along the front. National Weather Service meteorologists said some parts of the Piedmont and the mountains could get heavy rain Friday, because showers and storms are expected to have little movement.

Showery weather is expected again Saturday, and a chance of showers will extend into Sunday, forecasters said.