Charlotte’s temperature roller coaster continues

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Another shot of cold air will arrive in the Carolinas on Saturday, but it will be replaced quickly by milder conditions later in the three-day holiday weekend.

Perhaps the biggest news is that no precipitation is forecast for Charlotte, making this the first dry weekend since late November.

That is a string of six straight weekends in which rain fell either on Saturday or Sunday.

A cold front is expected to cross the Charlotte region early Saturday, bringing below-average temperatures and a chilly northwest breeze.

Forecasters expect an inch or two of snow to fall early Saturday in North Carolina’s mountains, and a wind chill advisory was posted overnight in the high country.

The National Weather Service said it expects wind chill readings of 5 to 10 degrees below zero in most of the mountains, although readings could drop to 20 degrees below zero in the higher elevations.

In the immediate Charlotte area, sunshine is expected Saturday but highs are only predicted to reach 40 degrees. That is about 10 degrees below average for this time of year.

As has been the case in recent weeks, the cold air won’t last long. Sunday’s highs are predicted to reach the upper 40s and upper 50s with sunshine are predicted for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

Then another cold front is forecast to arrive Tuesday, setting the stage for what meteorologists say could be an extended string of cold days.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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