Fall weather, overdue after the short-sleeve temperatures in November, will finally arrive in Charlotte late this week.
Monday’s and Tuesday’s highs will peak in the low 60s, but conditions will begin to turn after a chance of showers Tuesday through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service forecasts highs will drop into the mid 40s on Friday and through the weekend, with a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday night.
Normal highs for early December are in the mid 50s.
Frigid weather isn’t expected to be the norm this winter, however. The federal Climate Prediction Center’s winter outlook says a potential La Niña, or cooling of Pacific waters, could produce a winter in the Carolinas that is drier and warmer than usual.
November’s average temperature in Charlotte was 1 degree warmer than usual, with six days reaching 70 degrees or higher. Two inches less rain than normal fell.