Rain, Warmer Temperatures Return

After a messy start to the workweek, highs in the 70s could arrive for the first time all year on Tuesday.

It’s been a lovely weekend, but big changes are coming to the forecast as we head into the final week of January. A moisture-laden air mass from the Gulf of Mexico will arrive from the south and west, bringing heavy showers to the western half of the Carolinas by Monday morning. The heaviest of the rain may pass through during the heat of your Monday morning commute, so take it easy on the roads early. After the initial batch of rain, spotty showers will take over for the rest of the day before tapering off by Tuesday morning.

The first 70s of the year could arrive for many of us in the Piedmont by Tuesday, as strong southwesterly winds and plentiful sunshine fuel an explosive warm-up. It will feel like the newfound warmth will disappear as soon as it arrives, however, thanks to a cold front sweeping through by Wednesday evening. You can expect a cold rain Wednesday night, which should clear out for a noticeably cooler Thursday and Friday.

Tonight: Clouds build. Rain late. Low: 30°. Wind: S 5-10.

Monday: AM rain. PM scattered showers. High: 55°. Wind: Light.

Monday Night: Showers taper off overnight. Low: 54°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Tuesday: AM isolated shower chance. PM warm sunshine. High: 72°. Wind: SW 10-15.