CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first batch of cold weather of the season arrived in the Carolinas Wednesday.
The cold air is expected to hang around until Friday. The Charlotte region saw temperatures dip in the freezing range with a Frost Advisory for the mountain region.
Snow also began falling Wednesday morning in the higher elevations of the mountains.
A dip in the jet stream is allowing cold Canadian high pressure to build in the south and across much of the eastern United States.
Early Thursday morning temperatures will fall into the mid-and upper 30s across the Piedmont with areas of patchy frost.
"It's cold out there this morning, " forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "Make sure you don't forget the jacket before you head out this morning. The Charlotte metro area will see cold temps throughout Thursday and into the evening."
A Freeze Warning has been posted for the mountain region. Temperatures will range from mid-20s to low 30s.
"A Frost Advisory is in effect for the Foothill and Piedmont region this morning," Sprinkle said. "The mountains are also under a Freeze Warning. Be sure to bundle up this cold weather will be around for most of today."
The cold weather will hang around Thursday evening. Lows will drop back into the mid-30s across the Piedmont. Snow showers will be likely in the mountains with lows back in the 20s.
Friday's high temperatures will stay in the mid- to upper 50s under mostly sunny skies.
The Charlotte area could give the record low of 29 set back in 1962 a run Friday night into Saturday morning, with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
High temperatures Saturday will be in the upper 50s and low 60s Sunday afternoon.