Cool, with increasing clouds before rain starts Saturday

htrenda@charlotteobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

Friday’s temperatures are expected to remain cool as cloud cover in the area builds, bringing a nearly 100-percent chance of rain Saturday, according to forecasters.

Today’s highs likely won’t reach above the mid-50s, said Jake Wimberley of the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. “That’s not especially cold but it’s not a warm day by any means.”

Rain is expected to begin Saturday, likely before daybreak in the western part of the Piedmont and around midday for the Charlotte area, Wimberley said.

Saturday’s highs will be in the mid- to lower-40s, but the rain is expected to stop in the afternoon, before temperatures drop near freezing. Wintery precipitation isn’t expected in the area, Wimberley said, but there could be potential for it in the mountains Friday night, as the system moves in from the southwest.

The overnight lows Saturday will be in the mid- to lower-30s, Wimberley said, but sunshine will likely return by Sunday afternoon. “It’s looking like it’ll be dry for most of the coming week, so temperatures will remain around normal, which is 50s for the highs, lows around freezing.”

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda

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