Blast of bitter cold to ring in the new year
Another blast of arctic air has arrived and it's just the beginning of a long stretch of bitter cold that will chill the Grand Strand, Pee Dee and Border Belt for the next 7 days.
Sunday afternoon temperatures will peak in the upper 30s to around 40º. If your New Year's Eve plans take you outdoors, you'll need to bundle up big time. Temperatures by midnight will likely be in the upper 20s with wind chills in the teens.
The core of the cold is over us New Year's Day with temperatures struggling to get above freezing. Monday and Tuesday nights will see temperatures falling into the teens in many areas away from the coast.
Unfortunately, the bitter cold sticks around through the end of the week and perhaps into the weekend.
PLEASE make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your pipes, check on the elderly and don't leave pets outside.
Winter precipitation will be tough to come by. We'll monitor new year's eve night for a very small chance of sleet or a few flakes in Williamsburg, Georgetown and Horry counties. With so many out on the roads late celebrating, please be careful. Assume that if the road is wet, it could be icy. Any light freezing precipitation will be gone by daybreak New Year's Day.
The forecast models continue to indicate a storm system will develop well offshore Wednesday. It's possible a light wintry mix on the western fringe of the system could move over the coastal communities. For now, it looks like a quick shot so little to no accumulation is expected. It seems unlikely it would shift much farther west given the massive, dense cold in place. In fact, it is still possible a shift of 50 miles to the east would mean no precipitation at all.