The second shot of Arctic air this week will move in Thursday night. Ahead of this cold airmass, clouds will be around on Thursday with highs in the mid 40s. Once the cold front moves through late Thursday evening, cold air will surge in clearing the skies and dropping temperatures into the upper teens and low 20s by daybreak Friday.
During the day on Friday temperatures will struggle to reach the low 30s with some areas of the Carolinas spending nearly 36 hours below freezing from Thursday night through Saturday morning.
High pressure will build back in over the weekend. This will help warm the area back up into the 50s through Monday afternoon before the next Arctic front comes through Monday night.
Take necessary precautions to prepare and protect yourself from the cold.
Here are some cold weather tips:
- Protect pipes by covering or letting water drip slowly through them during the cold snap. Pipes most vulnerable are those in crawl spaces, the attic or in outside walls. Remember to disconnect your garden hoses as well.
- Have proper ventilation for any indoor heat sources. Make sure they have "tip switches". They are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event it tips over.
- Check on each other and wear layers. Gloves and hats are a must. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes with temperatures and wind chills this low.
- Pets and livestock need to have a warm place too. Obviously it's best to bring them in, but if you can't, make sure they have a shelter that is well insulated and draft-free. Nose, paws and tails are usually the first places to show signs of frostbite.
- Your car should be fine if it's properly maintained. For those with boats, protect your engine by draining the water out of the engine and the exhaust manifold. If you don't, the engine block could crack.
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