Temperatures across the Grand Strand Wednesday morning will be below freezing and possibly record-breaking, according forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
The low temperature record for Wednesday was set in 1949 at 25 degrees, but forecasters predicted the overnight low to be near 23 or 24 degrees, said Tim Armstrong, a meteorologist. Forecasters say areas nearest the ocean could be a little warmer, but still below freezing.
“Everything looks on track to break some records tonight,” Armstrong said Tuesday.
Any drop in temperature below 20 overnight also will mark the first time since January that temperatures were recorded in the teens, he said.
In contrast, the record high temperature for the area on Wednesday was 77 degrees in 2009. But last year on Tuesday the record high was 82 degrees.
The wintry weather is part of an arctic high pressure that moved into the area on Monday, forecasters said. Temperatures will moderate on Thursday and Friday as a high pressure comes into the area and boosts conditions to near normal.
The average daytime highs for this time of year are around 65 degrees while the overnight lows are near 45 degrees, according to forecasters.
Sunny skies will prevail on Wednesday with a daytime high near 48 degrees with an overnight low near 31. On Thursday and Friday, temperatures will increase to around 60 degrees and dip to near 39 with sunny skies both days.