Power outages, cold weather records monitored in Myrtle Beach area

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 7, 2014 

The first cold snap of the year in the Myrtle Beach area that will thaw by the weekend may have broken some low temperature records before more seasonable weather returns, according to forecasters.

An arctic blast that sent much of the country into a chill this week will be gone by Saturday when near 70 degrees will return for the daytime high in Myrtle Beach, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

But before that warm up, forecasters said there is a chance two cold weather records could be broken by Wednesday morning.

Officials monitored conditions Tuesday for the last time the high temperature failed to reach 32 degrees, or the freezing point, which was on Dec. 20, 2004 in North Myrtle Beach. Tuesday’s high was forecast to be 32 degrees.

The record for the coldest low temperature for Wednesday morning was set in 1951 at 23 degrees in North Myrtle Beach, forecasters said. That record was expected to be broken or tied.

“Bone-chilling cold and sunny skies” covered the area Tuesday morning after temperatures plummeted Monday from 64 to 30 degrees, forecaster said.

The cold also left more than 250 Santee Cooper customers in Horry County briefly without power early Tuesday.

Four separate outages were reported in the county from North Myrtle Beach to the Socastee area, according to the company’s online outage tracker. Power was restored to the customers by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The most customers, 192, were impacted in the North Myrtle Beach area where power went out at 5:42 a.m. Tuesday, and impacted residents living along Mt. Zion and Punk roads, which go along S.C. 31 and Secondary Highway 57, according to the site.

In the Briarcliff area, officials reported 58 customers were without power since 7:15 a.m. along Main Trail, which is off of Kings Road, according to the site. Less than five customers were each impacted in the Carolina Forest and Socastee areas.

In the Carolina Forest area the outage was reported at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and impacted some customers along Wild Flower Trail, which is off of Gardner Lacy Road. In Socastee, customers were impacted along Oxford Place, which is off of S.C. 707 and power had been out since 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to the site.

Forecasters warn the worse will continue Wednesday morning where temperatures are expected to hover in the upper teens.

“The drop-off after midnight [Wednesday] will slow a bit but record cold will shatter numerous records,” forecasters wrote in a discussion Tuesday. “It will be interesting to see if some sites drop to record lows just prior to midnight to eclipse [Tuesday] morning’s readings.”

But as quickly as the cold arrived, it will be gone.

By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures should be near seasonable highs of 44 degrees, and continue to climb through the rest of the week, forecasters said. The warmer conditions also bring increased chances of rain.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a high of 55 and low of 44 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain, according to forecasters. By Friday, temperatures will rise to 62 degrees during the day and only drop to 52 overnight, but the chance of rain increases to 40 percent.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 40 percent chance of rain continues with temperatures reach 68 degrees during the day and 55 overnight.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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