The snow and sleet have moved off of the coast and the Winter Storm Warning has been lifted, but conditions will still be quite dangerous through Thursday morning. The snow and ice accumulation will not melt much given the fact that temperatures will be below freezing. Conditions along major highways will likely be poor despite treatment. Less traveled and rural roads will especially be dangerous.
After struggling to warm to 30° Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will bottom out in the teens to around 20º by 7am Thursday morning. On top of the freezing cold temperatures, stiff northerly winds between 10 - 20 mph will persist through the afternoon. This will drive wind chills to the single digits and teens throughout the day. With conditions remaining below freezing through late Thursday morning, icy conditions will still remain a concern across the entire area. Be careful when out and about if you MUST go, but everyone is urged to stay off of the roads.
Forecast lows and records for Thursday January 30th:
Temperatures: 12º to 15º (Florence Record 11º - 2002)
Temperatures: 17º to 20º (Myrtle Beach Record 21º - 1950)
Whatever precautions you took against the cold a few weeks ago, you'll need to do it again. 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.