FIRST ALERT: Arctic air returns next week

Bitter cold and low wind chills likely by Wednesday.

FIRST ALERT: Arctic air returns next week
Winds chills will likely fall into the teens across the coastal Carolinas by Wednesday and as low as -50° across the Great Lakes. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Seasonably cool weather this weekend will be replaced by another round of Arctic air by the middle of next week.

The strong cold front that brought gusty winds and heavy rain has also ushered in cooler temperatures that will linger into the weekend. High temperatures through Sunday will climb to near 50 each day with overnight temperatures in the 20s and lower 30s.

A brief warm up arrives by Tuesday of next week before temperatures once again take the polar plunge.

Brutally cold Arctic air over Canada will begin to slide southward and into the US late Sunday and Monday. The powerful cold front will blast through the Carolinas late Tuesday.

A powerful cold front will bring dramatic temperatures drops by next Tuesday and Wednesday.
A powerful cold front will bring dramatic temperatures drops by next Tuesday and Wednesday. (Source: WMBF)

Ahead of the front, a brief surge of warm air will push temperatures to near 60 on Tuesday. Those mild temperatures will crash Tuesday night as the Arctic air invades the region.

Temperatures will struggle to get out of the 30s by Wednesday and gusty winds will send will chills into the teens.

Areas around the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes will likely deal with record breaking cold. Temperatures in places like Chicago and Minneapolis could be as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero with wind chills as low as 50 degrees below zero.

Winds chills will likely fall into the teens across the coastal Carolinas by Wednesday and as low as -50° across the Great Lakes.
Winds chills will likely fall into the teens across the coastal Carolinas by Wednesday and as low as -50° across the Great Lakes. (Source: WMBF)

As bitter cold rushes in behind the front, light snow may fall in places unusually far south. Places across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the western Carolinas could see a period of light snow Tuesday into Tuesday night. By the time the cold air rushes into the coastal Carolinas, the moisture will be drying up and no snow is expected.

Arctic air spreading into the southern US may cause areas of light snow unusually far south by Monday into Tuesday.
Arctic air spreading into the southern US may cause areas of light snow unusually far south by Monday into Tuesday. (Source: WMBF)

Another shot of bitter cold air may develop by next weekend and into the first week of February.

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