Brad Panovich | Chilly this week, but big warm-up ahead

<b>Brad Panovich </b> | Chilly this week, but big warm-up ahead

Brad Panovich | Chilly this week, but big warm-up ahead

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by Brad Panovich / First Warn Chief Meteorologist

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just as the weather started to get cold and winter-like in the New Year, things are about to warm back up big time next week.

The next few days into the weekend will still be chilly, not super cold, but below average by January standards. Highs Thursday into the weekend will be in the mid to upper 40s to around 50 degrees.  That is just about average to slightly below. The overnight lows will be in the the 20s making for some really cold mornings into the weekend.

Here's a look at the high temperatures for this coming Saturday. 

Temperatures changing next week:

Next week things begin to slowly change as high pressure moves off the southeast coast. A high pressure system builds in and the jet stream moves well to the north. This will swing our winds around to the southwest and bring in very mild air. Every day next week the air gets slowly warmer and warmer, especially during the day.

By the time this 'January thaw' peaks next weekend, we could be looking at high temperatures approaching 70 degrees.

Here's a look at the possible high temperatures next Saturday.

January Thaw History:

There is a good precedent for these January thaws in the southeast. In Charlotte, we average about two days every January around 70 degrees or higher.

Here's a look at the number of 70 degree days or higher in Charlotte since 1939, which is when they moved the official observation station to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The negative numbers on the chart actually mean there was missing data. 

Long Range Forecast:

The thaw may not last long. There are already signs that after next weekend things turn much colder. They may in fact stay cold well into February and be the coldest part of our entire winter in the Carolinas.

Stay with WCNC.com and the First Warn Storm Team for the very latest weather conditions.

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