More clouds, drizzle ahead for Charlotte

The low clouds, fog and drizzle that blanketed the Charlotte region for much of Tuesday and Wednesday will make a return Thursday and Friday, forecasters say.

The culprit: high pressure over New England that will create a pattern known as a “cold air wedge” over much of the Carolinas.

A high pressure system responsible for cool, damp weather that arrived Tuesday moved off the East Coast on Wednesday afternoon. That allowed temperatures to climb into the upper 50s and some breaks of sunshine to appear in the Charlotte area.

But another high pressure system is predicted to move into New England from the Great Lakes on Thursday, and that is forecast to cause a repeat of the pattern. Daytime highs are expected to reach the 50s Thursday, but with the pocket of cool air more firmly entrenched Friday, high temperatures then are only predicted to reach the mid- and upper 40s.

It means a continuation of mostly cloudy conditions for the next several days.

A low pressure system is expected to develop and reach the Carolinas by Saturday. That could mean cool and wet weather for the ACC football championship game Saturday evening at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Forecasters said it could be early next week before sunny conditions return.

Warmer air tried to dislodge the pocket of cool, damp air in the Carolinas on Wednesday morning. That created dense fog in much of the area. Visibilities of less than a half-mile were widespread in the Charlotte area around daybreak Wednesday, and the fog didn’t lift until late in the morning.

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