Beaufort County residents bundled up Saturday as temperatures dipped to near freezing, shed the extra layers Monday as temperatures rose to the high 60s and were even briefly under threat of tornados.
Now comes another sudden change in the weather -- the National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a freeze warning for Beaufort County from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
"It will be clear, cold and dry," according to National Weather Service meteorologist Blair Holloway.
On Monday, Beaufort County was briefly under a tornado watch. However, the thunderstorms that materialized as a warm front passed through were fewer and less severe than first anticipated, Holloway said. No tornados were reported.
As the threat of severe weather has passed for the next couple of days, so has the warmth.
Temperatures are expected to drop to the lower 20s inland and the upper 20s near the beaches, the warning said. The freeze is expected to last eight to 12 hours inland, and three to six hours closer to the beach.
Beaufort County residents are advised to protect sensitive vegetation and exposed plumbing and to check weather.gov for updates.
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