CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s been a relatively mild – if not warm – fall so far, but temperatures will likely begin to freefall as we head into the weekend. The coldest overnight temperatures we’ve seen since early May should arrive late Friday night as a robust cold front sweeps through the eastern half of the United States. Arctic continental air on the backside of the system will keep things stable and sunny for the weekend ahead – a far cry from what we saw last weekend – but temperatures will fall into the 40s, 30s, and 20s across the WCCB Charlotte viewing area as we wake up Saturday morning.
While nothing has been posted yet, expect frost and freeze advisories to be issued for most communities north of I-40 Friday night into Saturday morning. Pets and sensitive plants should be taken indoors by Friday night, if not earlier. Despite the chilly overnight temperatures, daytime highs should recover nicely into the 50s and 60s across the board both Saturday and Sunday.
Fortunately for you warm-weather-lovers, the brisk conditions will not be sticking around for very long. In fact, as winds shift back to the south, above-average temperatures in the upper 70s could return to the Piedmont as soon as midweek next week. Don’t get used to it, though; winter is now under 70 days away.