FIRST ALERT: Cloudy, cold and turning wet today

Arctic blast arriving before Christmas
Arctic blast arriving before Christmas(WMBF)
Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 3:48 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2022 at 5:06 AM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A stretch of cloudy, chilly and wet weather will settle in through the middle of the week. Arctic air will blast into the region for the Christmas holiday.

TODAY

Skies will be cloudy through today. By this afternoon and evening, light rain will overspread the area. Temperatures today will only climb into the middle to upper 40s. A soaking rain arrives tonight with up to 1 inch of rain likely near the beaches. It will be a cold rain with temperatures dropping into the upper 30s.

WEDNESDAY

Scattered showers will gradually taper off Wednesday morning but cloudy skies and areas of drizzle will linger through the day. Once again, temperatures will be chilly with temperatures only in the middle and upper 40s.

THURSDAY

Thursday will bring the first round of dramatic changes as much warmer weather overspreads the area. Temperatures will soar into the lower and middle 60s by Thursday with gusty winds. In addition, rain will return and turn heavy at times in the morning through midday. A few thunderstorms will be possible as well. Rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches.

CHRISTMAS COLD BLAST

A powerful cold front will blast through the area on Friday resulting in a dramatic drop in temperatures for the Christmas holiday. Friday morning temperatures will likely be the 50s to near 60. As the front blows through, very strong winds will usher in much colder air. Temperatures will fall very fast through the afternoon and into Friday night. Winds may gust as high as 45 mph.

By Christmas Eve morning, temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 20s with wind wind chills likely near 10 or lower. Christmas morning will be clear and bitter cold with inland temperatures in the teens to near 20. Grand Strand temperatures will drop into the lower 20s. A lingering wind will send wind chills well down into the teens once again. Christmas afternoon will continue to be very cold with high temperatures only reaching the middle to upper 30s.

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