The warm weather and sunny skies that covered much of the Grand Strand Wednesday will turn to rain and cold, and possibly ice later this week, according to weather forecasters.
Meteorologist Stephen Keebler, with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said Thursday’s forecast called for rain during the afternoon and evening with a high in the 70s. The high temperature Wednesday was 73 degrees.
Forecasters say a strong cold front will move through the area Thursday afternoon, pushing temperatures into the low 30s for the next few days, Keebler said. Temperatures Friday morning could dip below freezing, he said.
Those freezing temps could lead to freezing rain, Keebler said – or at least some icy roads.
“In the northern areas, we might see frozen precipitation or sleet,” Keebler said. “But Horry County could still get some ice.”
Steve Pfaff, with the National Weather Service, said forecasters expect up to a tenth of an inch of icing on Friday morning, especially in coastal areas. People should be cautious while driving in the morning, especially on bridges and overpasses and under heavily-iced trees.