Frigid air remains through Wednesday morning

Arctic air rushed into the Carolinas Monday dropping temperatures into the teens by Tuesday morning. Record breaking cold temperatures were recorded in Florence with a low of 14° and Myrtle Beach with a low of 18°. Previous records were 18°(2010) in Florence and 21°(2010) in Myrtle Beach. Tuesday afternoon remained below freezing with most locations staying in the upper 20s with a breeze making it feel like the low 20s and teens.

Wednesday morning see potentially record breaking cold with low temperatures in the teens.:

INLAND Wednesday Morning:

Temperatures: 12º to 16º (Florence Record 17º - 1970)

GRAND STRAND Wednesday Morning:

Temperatures: 17º to 21º (Myrtle Beach Record 23º - 1951)

Since dropping below freezing Monday evening, temps have remained below freezing and will remain there until mid to late morning Wednesday. That means we will have spent 34 - 38 hours below freezing. It's important to be prepared so 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.

Thankfully, we'll be back in the 60s late in the week and weekend.

Get your complete details in the First Warning 7 Day forecast.

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