Weekend forecast: Rainy with chance for Sunday storms

Forecasters predict rain around Charlotte this weekend, with a possible line of thunderstorms moving through the area Sunday.

Friday’s high of 52 degrees was about normal for the time of year, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday will be cooler, with a predicted high of 48 degrees, before climbing to 66 on Sunday.

The chance of rain stands at 70 percent on Saturday and 80 percent on Sunday, NWS meteorologist Andrew Kimball said.

Between a half-inch to an inch of rain is expected over the weekend, but forecasters don’t anticipate flooding to be an issue, Kimball said. “That will fall over a pretty long period of time,” he said.

“It’s going to be an active weekend, weather-wise,” Kimball said. An area of high pressure is developing to the west, but it will be the cold front that moves through Sunday that will bring the chance of thunderstorms, he said.

The incoming cold front could bring strong southerly winds to the mountains Saturday night into Sunday, and Kimball said Sunday’s storms could bring isolated chances for damaging winds or a small tornado for the Charlotte region.

“We’re definitely keeping an eye on the trends and guidance,” he said. “(But) it would be pretty isolated if anything does occur Sunday.”