Blast of cold weather comes at bad time for businesses

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Spring may be officially here, but it sure does not feel like it right now on the Grand Strand.  That is unwelcome news for some local businesses counting on warmer temperatures to bring in customers.

"Unfortunately the weather can be a factor," Said Rebecca Faegin with NASCAR Speedpark in Myrtle Beach.  "All our go-cart tracks are outside and we have a lot of attractions outside."

The park, filled with an arcade and go-kart tracks, opened at the start of March.  Faegin said the warm start to the month brought in more customers than expected.

"It's been great - a lot better than we expected," Said Rebecca Faegin.   "We've been teased with beautiful warm weather so we're really pleased with the attendance here."

Amusement parks are not the only places faced with trouble during this cold snap; golf courses feel an impact also.  Steve Taylor at the River Oaks Golf Plantation said below freezing temperatures can make the course almost unplayable in the morning.

"The issue with the hard freeze is a frost delay," Taylor said.  "It can do serious damage to the greens and to the turf so we have to hold people back obviously until we can get rid of the frost."

The overnight temperatures are expected to be about 15 degrees below normal and the cold weather should hang around through the weekend.

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