FIRST ALERT: Wintry mix likely Tuesday morning

FIRST ALERT: Wintry mix likely Tuesday morning

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Cold air combined with increasing moisture means some wintry mix Tuesday.

A weak storm system is set to arrive in the Carolinas early Tuesday morning. This will sneak in some moisture around sunrise. At the same time, colder air will be moving in, with most of the area in the upper 30s and lower 40s by daybreak. A combination of the two will likely lead to some areas of wintry mix through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Most of the Grand Strand will see mostly rain as temperatures remain a bit too warm. As the moisture begins to exit around 8 am, there may be a small window where a wintry mix is possible closer to the coast. This would be a mixture of light rain, sleet, and flurries. With temperatures safely above freezing, there won’t be any accumulations or travel concerns.

Areas across the Pee Dee and interior Horry County, including Florence and Lumberton, have a better chance of a wintry mix. Expect a mixture of rain, sleet, and flurries from 5 a.m. through 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Once again, temperatures remain above freezing some travel won’t be an issue. It’s possible that elevated surfaces could see a light dusting if any heavier bursts of snow develop. This still wouldn’t be enough to stick on the roads, but you could see snow on things like decks and cars.

The core of the cold weather settles in Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Temperatures Tuesday night will drop to the freezing mark at the beaches and into the upper 20s inland.

Wednesday will be sunny and cold with high temperatures only in the middle 40s.

Wednesday night will be the coldest of the cold snap with temperatures in the upper 20s across the Grand Strand and middle to upper 20s inland. The recent warm weather has led to lots of early blooms in many areas and these early blossoms will need protection from the potentially hard freeze,

Gradually warmer weather returns through the end of the week and into the upcoming weekend.

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