Cool and windy Friday and Saturday

Forecast Wind Gusts Friday

The storm system that produced showers and storms Thursday afternoon will rapidly intensify off the New England coast Friday. Part of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts could see wind gusts up to 70 mph. Meanwhile, interior parts of New York and Pennsylvania could get 12-24" of snow.

The circulation around that intense ocean storm will usher in much cooler air and strong winds to our area Friday - Sunday.

Winds will be stiff all day Friday and could gust as high as 40 mph during the afternoon. Typically, winds this high don't cause damage, but objects outside that aren't tied down, could get blow around. There is a wind advisory in place for Darlington, Florence, Georgetown and Horry counties until 6 p.m. Friday night. The wind advisory means sustained winds of up to 39 MPH and/or gusts of up to 46 MPH are expected.

Winds won't be as strong Saturday, but will still gust near 30 mph. The wind will subside Saturday night and be much lighter Sunday.

Temperatures will be near or below average Friday through the weekend. In fact, low temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will bottom out in the 30s. We're not worried about frost Saturday morning because of the strong winds, but lighter winds Sunday and Monday mornings mean there is potential for frost, especially inland.

IF you have sensitive vegetation outdoors, be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect it from the frost.

It looks like the cool air sticks around through next week.

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