Cool but calm weather trend for Charlotte

The weather won’t be a big newsmaker across the Charlotte region over the next several days.

A calm pattern is taking hold across the Southeast, with mostly clear skies and cool temperatures through the rest of the work week.

The exception is in the North Carolina mountains, where a bit of winter is being felt Wednesday. Light snow was falling at daybreak and is expected to continue through at least the morning hours.

Forecasters say high pressure centered Wednesday morning over the Midwest will move eastward over the next three days, providing fair weather for the Piedmont and foothills. Temperatures fell to near freezing Wednesday morning and are expected to fall slightly below freezing Thursday morning.

Afternoon highs are forecast to be near 50 degrees Wednesday and Thursday, then climb into the mid-50s Friday and Saturday. Average highs at this time of year are in the middle 50s.

A northwest flow is causing Wednesday’s snow showers in the mountains. Meteorologists said about an inch of snow could accumulate in higher elevations, causing secondary roads to get slippery. Avery County Schools announced a two-hour delayed opening Wednesday.

If you’re thinking about the weekend – perhaps a Christmas tree buying trip or the Panthers’ game Sunday against Tampa Bay – good weather is forecast to continue. Sunny skies are forecast both days, with highs in the mid-50s Saturday and approaching 60 on Sunday.