Trace snowfall breaks records

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Tuesday's snowfall probably didn't seem record-setting, but it actually was. The snow started falling in the Pee Dee around 8 p.m. Tuesday, moving into the Grand Strand by around 11 p.m. With temperatures having been near 70 earlier in the day, none of the snow was able to stick to the ground, but a trace amount did manage to stick to cars and decks for a bit before quickly melting in the above-freezing temperatures.

Tuesday's trace snowfall tied the record for earliest snowfall in Florence. The previous record was set on November 12, 1968. Records for the Grand Strand aren't quite as clear or reliable, but yesterday's snow likely tied or beat the earliest snowfall record along the beaches. Records have been kept for roughly 100 years, and during those 100 years, snow has only fallen four times in the month of November in Florence. In fact, measurable snow has never been recorded in Florence in November.

Elsewhere in the region, Tuesday's snow showers were the earliest snow ever recorded in Wilmington where a trace amount was recorded Tuesday night. The event became Charlotte, North Carolina's sixth-earliest snowfall on record.

The cold front that brought the rain, sleet and snow to the area brought a strong arctic blast of very cold air, which will be sticking around through Thursday before temperatures begin to rise quite a bit. The WMBF Storm Team is forecasting low temperatures Thursday morning in the Pee Dee to dip down to around 25 degrees- the record low for November 14 is 26 degrees in Florence. That record may very well be broken tomorrow morning. Morning lows are expected to fall to 28 along the beaches, which will likely set a new record as well; the previous record low for November 14 in Myrtle Beach is 33.

This winter blast won't last much longer and will make way for much nicer weather in the coming days; the Storm Team is expecting temperatures to be back into the low to mid-70s by the beginning of next week.

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