Weekend forecast: Sunny and cool conditions, no record cold expected

Cold temperatures will stick around the Charlotte area on Saturday, as the high is expected to reach only 38 degrees before plummeting to 20 degrees at night.

At least the day will be all sunshine, with no more record lows like Thursday’s 8-degree mark that hadn’t been seen since 1970.

Saturday will be cooler than Friday, but temperatures will warm as the weekend progresses. The trade-off is rain.

Sunday will start out sunny, but cloud cover will spread in the afternoon as highs top out around the low 40s. “Starting Sunday night, precipitation will move across the area and spread from the southwest,” National Weather Service meteorologist James Oh said.

With temperatures hovering right around the freezing mark, a cold rain is expected to start Sunday night and last through Monday morning, he said.

“A few degrees will make a big difference, but the model consensus is (temperatures) will be above freezing level,” Oh said. “But if we see a few degrees cooler, we’re going to see some problems, like freezing rain.”

Monday’s high is expected to reach the mid- to upper-40s with an overnight low in the mid-30s. Light rain and ongoing drizzle are possible throughout the day, and cloudy conditions will likely stretch into at least Thursday, Oh said.

The next chance for freezing rain is forecast for Wednesday, with rain and even snow possible on Thursday, according to the weather service.

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