Winter doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks, but a cold front will bring winter-like temperatures to the Lowcountry on Wednesday.
And that cold weather is going to stick around for a while.
Temperatures on Tuesday night will be unseasonably warm, with a low in the upper 50s — about 12-16 degrees warmer than typical, according to the National Weather Service Charleston. But a strong cold front will sweep through the area during the day Wednesday, bringing rain with it and dropping temperatures significantly in the afternoon.
Lows on Thursday morning are expected to be in the lower to mid-40s, then in the upper 30s to lower 40s on Friday morning, the weather service forecast says. Highs both Thursday and Friday will struggle to reach 50 under cloudy skies and periods of light rain.
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A secondary cold front is expected to come through Saturday night, which will increase winds and make it feel even colder on Sunday, the forecast says.
Accuweather issued this warning to people in the South: “Unlike many cool air bursts so far ... which have only lasted a couple of days, cold air will sweep in and then build,” said chief meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
Forecast for Beaufort County
Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. A slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Showers likely. Highs in the mid-60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Rain likely. Lows in the mid-40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Rain likely. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Rain likely. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid-30s.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid-50s.
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid-30s.
Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.
Clear. Lows in the mid-30s.
Source: National Weather Service Charleston