Arctic blasts could bring lowest temps in three years

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Last winter was relatively mild, but we did see some rather cold temperatures, but temperatures in the forecast now could be the coldest the area has seen in three years.

February 18, 2013 saw the coldest low temperature of the 2012/2013 winter season. Florence got down to a frigid 19 degrees, while North Myrtle Beach recorded a low of 23 degrees. The coldest high temperatures of the season came just about a month before, rising to only 34 degrees in Florence on January 25, and 40 degrees in North Myrtle Beach.

Similar temperatures, some colder, are in the Storm Team's seven-day forecast for the Grand Strand and inland areas. The first big chill begins early Friday morning, with lows in the upper 20s inland and lower 30s at the beaches. Gusty winds will accompany the chill, as winds are expected to gust as high as 35 to 40 miles per hour, sending wind chills as low as 15 degrees. Friday's highs are expected to be around 38 inland and 40 at the beaches.

Later next week, another blast of cold air could likely bring even colder temperatures. The Storm Team is forecasting lows in the low 20s on Tuesday morning for inland areas; mid-20s closer to the beaches. Highs Tuesday should only reach into the mid-30s inland and upper 30s at the beaches, with lows by Wednesday morning dropping into the lower 20s and upper teens for the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

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