Nothing more than drizzle at Panthers’ game

Damp and foggy weather is covering the Charlotte region early Saturday evening, but the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals are dealing with nothing more than mist and light drizzle in their NFL playoff game at Bank of America Stadium.

An area of light to moderate rain moved from south to north through Charlotte about 4 p.m. Saturday, but the cluster of showers moved northeast of the city.

National Weather Service radar shows only a few light rain showers to the southwest of Charlotte at 5:15 p.m. It appears as if those showers will remain west of the city, and only mist or drizzle will fall at the Panthers’ game through at least halftime and possibly well into the second half.

Forecasters expect periods of rain and drizzle to continue Saturday afternoon and evening, as a warm front approaches from the south.

The 5 p.m. temperature at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 51 degrees, and little change is expected throughout the game.

Later tonight, the warm front is predicted to cross the Charlotte area from south to north, lifting temperatures to the upper 50s by daybreak.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast Sunday, with temperatures in the mid 60s. National Weather Service meteorologist Harry Gerapetritis said some of the storms could become strong to severe Sunday afternoon in the Piedmont.

A cold front will move through the area Sunday evening, pushing the storms off to the east. That will set the stage for a couple days of seasonal weather before a strong cold front moves across the Carolinas late Wednesday.

Forecasters said high temperatures Thursday are not expected to reach freezing in Charlotte, topping off at 30 degrees. Readings could remain below freezing for up to 36 hours in Charlotte, from late Wednesday night until midday Friday.