• Chilly morning as freeze warnings in affect for Charlotte region

    By: John Ahrens


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After a bitterly cold start to the morning, temperatures will warm into the lower 60s by Monday afternoon.

    Bright sunshine will be the norm for most of the week as temps warm up even higher, reaching 70 degrees by Wednesday.

    The next cold front will arrive late Wednesday and this will bring a rain chance for all of the viewing area by Thursday morning.

    Drier and cooler weather will return on Friday and highs by the weekend may barely reach 60 degrees.

    Another freeze warning was issued for Mecklenburg County, this time from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday.

    Other counties issued freeze warnings include: Alexander, Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Chester, Chesterfield, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lincoln, McDowell, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, Union, Wilkes, York.

    Overnight low temperatures dropped into the mid-20s.

    Winds on Sunday afternoon gusted up to 23 mph.

    School updates:

    Avery County Schools operated on a two-hour delay Monday morning. The school system also posted the following on Facebook: "The Avery County Schools will operate on a two hour delay for students on Monday, November 3. Buses will not run the following gravel roads: Arnette, John Greer and Ruben Wooten. Faculty and staff will report on a regular schedule if it safe for them to do so."

    Watauga County Schools also operated on a two-hour delay.

    Weekend Cold Blast

    The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning from midnight until 9 a.m. Sunday for Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan, Gaston, Cabarrus, Union, York and Chester counties.