FIRST ALERT: Wind advisory along the coast. Gusts over 40 mph expected tonight
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A coastal storm offshore is causing a host of miserable conditions, including strong winds, bands of rain and cold temperatures. We expect the strongest winds through this evening, and gradually slowing down after midnight as the storm moves northeast.
Tonight, the winds remain strong, at times gusts pushing above 30 to 40 MPH. A wind advisory is in effect along the coast, basically SC 31 and east to the beach until noon Sunday. Heavy bands of on/off rain are possible in addition to the cold temperatures stuck in the middle 40s. Wind chills will easily feel into the 30s through the evening and when you wake up Sunday morning.
Just offshore, winds will be howling at 50 to 70 mph. These high winds will push wave heights to 20 to 30 feet over the Gulf Stream and result in very dangerous marine conditions.
Some showers may linger early Sunday morning but most of the area turns dry through mid-day. Clouds will linger and temperatures will struggle to climb, topping out around 55° Sunday afternoon.
Looking ahead to next week, a streak of sunny skies slowly warms us up through the week. Highs Monday return to near 60, while late week we reach the upper 60s to near 70.
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