Weekend forecast: Mostly dry and pleasant

Forecasters say there’s only a slight chance of rain for the rest of the weekend around Charlotte, after overnight and early morning showers Friday dropped heavy amounts of precipitation in areas south of the city.

Today’s high is expected to be around 80 degrees, with a high of 82 on Saturday and temperatures near 84 degrees Sunday, according to The National Weather Service in Greenville, S.C.

While Charlotte received less than a half inch of rain overnight, NWS radar estimated that the eastern portion of Union County received nearly 6 inches; areas around Waxhaw received between 2 and 4 inches; places between Fort Lawn and Chester received between 3 and 5.5 inches and Monroe received about 1.5 inches.

But there’s only a 20 percent chance for showers in Charlotte on Friday afternoon, and dry conditions are expected to last the majority of the weekend, said NWS meteorologist Doug Outlaw.

“It’s going to be dry Saturday and most of Sunday,” he said, noting the best chance for showers will be west toward the mountains.

For those planning to tailgate before Sunday night’s Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers game, conditions “should be dry and very pleasant,” Outlaw said.

“The low Sunday night will be about 62, so it will be quite comfortable.”

Dry conditions are expected to last through the early part of next week, he said, with cooler temperatures and highs in the 70s.