Charlotte’s weekend weather remains tempestuous

cwootson@charlotteobserver.comMarch 16, 2014 

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Rishi Mishra, 3, shields himself from the falling rain while leaving a Holi Festival at Freedom Park Sunday. Forecasters are calling for rain in the area through Tuesday. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival, also known as the festival of colors for the bright colored powder thrown during celebrations.

DAVID T. FOSTER, III — dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

On Saturday, the weather in Hickory and the rest of the Charlotte region was unseasonably warm, with temperatures springlike and in the 70s.

But winter reasserted itself on Sunday. Temperatures plummeted nearly 40 degrees, and people in Hickory and other parts of the foothills faced the threat of freezing rain on Monday and early Tuesday.

The weekend weather was a tale of two systems. On Saturday, a high pressure system trapped warm air over the western Piedmont.

But on Sunday, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico combined with a pool of cold air trapped against the eastern slopes of the Appalachian Mountains to produce the cold, wet weather, according to Danny Gant, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Monday will be dreary, too. “We probably won’t see the moisture move out of here until Tuesday afternoon,” Gant said.

Any ice would be light and not likely to heavily affect roads, Gant said.

Milder, drier weather returns starting Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, high temperatures will be near the 50s. By Thursday, they could be in the 70s.

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