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It's looking like a wet Christmas

Say goodbye to “October in December” … and start thinking about a wet Christmas.

The unseasonably warm, dry and quiet weather pattern of recent days is coming to an end in the Charlotte metro region and across most of the Southeast.

More seasonal conditions – but nothing terribly cold – are on the way.

A cold front is expected to slide southward across the region today, ushering in a changed weather pattern that will bring rain to our area several times later this week and early next week.

At this point, the forecast indicates Christmas Eve will be dry in the Charlotte metro region, but Christmas Day will be rainy.

After Monday’s high temperature of 74 degrees in Charlotte, one degree short of the record for the date, today’s highs will be a bit cooler, in the upper 60s. But the real impact of the cooler air will be felt Wednesday, when highs reach only the upper 50s.

Thursday will be a few degrees cooler, forecasters say, and by that time, a storm system is expected to be approaching the region.

Showers are forecast for Thursday night and Friday, bringing an end to the very dry conditions of recent weeks. Only .03 inches of rain has fallen in December, and that came on the first day of the month.

Forecasters say a second, and stronger, storm system will approach the region from the Gulf of Mexico on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

However, temperatures will be in the 50s – far too warm for any type of wintry precipitation.

Larry Cosgrove, a long-range forecasting specialist with the private company WeatherAmerica, says there are no signs of a change to truly cold weather in the eastern United States before the end of the calendar year. He says a strong high pressure system over the Bahamas is preventing any intrusion of arctic air into the Southeast.

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