Warm Wednesday....changes on the way...

>> Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What an incredibly mild start to the day in the southern Piedmont and Upstate. At 5am, the CLT temp was 70! Low at CLT this morning was 63...only 3 shy of the warmest low on record for March 23.

Highs today for most should be in the low to mid 80s. Record highs will be challenged in Greensboro and Raleigh. It will also be pretty breezy, and the fire danger is pretty elevated today. So, avoid any outdoor burning.

There has been a little light rain in some spots already today, but the main shower and thunderstorm chance will run from later this afternoon through this evening. While the biggest severe weather risk is just to our north and west, I do think a few storms could produce damaging winds and maybe some hail. So, we will watch it closely.

Big-time pattern change....

Highs will be in the 60s tomorrow, then the downward temp trend continues through the weekend into early next week. It is a fairly chaotic pattern from this weekend through Tuesday with a series of low pressure areas moving through...the strongest of which will be the last one.

I will mention a chance of rain both weekend days, and then the final low likely moves through later Monday into Tuesday. Cold air damming will be involved much of the time, and highs by Tuesday will likely only struggle into the 40s in the damming areas. That will feel chilly after the 80s!


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