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March 25, 2014

Freeze watch issued for Myrtle Beach area

It may be spring, but don’t pack up the winter clothing just yet, because midweek temperatures are expected to plummet.

It may be spring, but don’t pack up the winter clothing just yet, because midweek temperatures are expected to plummet.

A freeze warning for the Myrtle Beach area is in effect likely until Thursday morning, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

The freeze warning was issued on Tuesday and extends through 9 a.m. Wednesday, though forecasters said a freeze warning also would be issued for Thursday morning.

Temperatures from 30 to 34 degrees were forecast for early Wednesday.

Forecasters said tender or sensitive vegetation and early spring crops could be damaged.

A Canadian high pressure will move into the Myrtle Beach area from the west bringing the freezing temperatures each day. Forecasters said freezing temperatures are more likely inland, with cold remaining along the coast.

“There appears to be no mitigating factors for a significant late-season freeze,” meteorologists wrote in a forecast discussion.

The National Weather Service said forecasters also will monitor low relative humidity values, which are expected to be from 25 to 35 percent on Wednesday and Thursday, which means residents should use extreme caution with any outdoor burning.

Temperatures on Wednesday will peak at 52 degrees with sunny skies before plummeting to 30 degrees overnight, according to forecasters.

Skies will remain clear overnight Wednesday and on Thursday when the daytime high is expected to be 60 degrees.

Overnight Thursday, temperatures won’t fall as drastically, with the low at 50 before it warms up to near 70 degrees on Friday.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain, forecasters said.

The rain chance increases to 50 percent Friday night before dropping to 30 percent on Saturday.

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