A day after a winter storm inundated the Myrtle Beach area with sleet and light snow, another system is expected to bring up to nearly two inches of rain on Thursday, forecasters said Wednesday afternoon.
This system is coming from the Gulf of Mexico and will move off the coast overnight, but it will bring “widespread rainfall, snow and sleet possible well inland, light freezing rain/freezing drizzle,” said Reid Hawkins, science and operations officer with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
The threat of snow or sleet isn’t a possibility along the Grand Strand, he said. But heavy rain will be associated with the system with up to two inches of rain in the forecast for the coast.
During the winter storm that closed and delayed schools, bus routes and other business, forecasters recorded 0.11 inches of ice in the Myrtle Beach area, according to preliminary forecast records.
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This system should be the last of the messy weather for a few days, officials said.
“A wedge of high pressure will build down the coast Friday and into the weekend bringing dry but cold conditions. A warming trend will develop next week along with increasing rain chances,” forecasters said.
Inland forecasters predict sleet and freezing rain through noon Thursday and a winter weather advisory was issued for Darlington; Marlboro; Dillon; Robeson, N.C.; Bladen, N.C., and inland Pender, N.C. counties.
Emergency managers in those counties were preparing for another blast of winter weather and Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency to mobilize crews for the impending weather, said Derrec Becker, spokesman for the S.C. Emergency Management Division.
“The S.C. Emergency Management Division, state and local public safety agencies are preparing for another winter storm that should begin to affect the state this evening,” Becker said Wednesday afternoon. “Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of three to seven inches of snow in the Upstate and Northern Midlands areas, from McCormick to Marlboro Counties.”
For the Myrtle Beach area temperatures on Thursday will be in the 40s, but drop to near 30 overnight. On Friday, partly sunny skies return with the high near 47 degrees, and again the low will be near 30.
Forecasters warn that flooding is possible in prone and low-lying areas and residents should take the necessary precautions. Residents also are advised to not drive through flooded areas, but instead find an alternative route.