Prepare for a let down if you’re hoping for a little snow with this blast of cold and rain.
While temperatures are plunging down to an unseasonable chill, accompanied by stray showers, the conditions aren’t aligning to bring a taste of snow or wintry mix to the Grand Strand, weather authorities say.
“There is zero chance, not even an itty, bitty chance [for snow],” said Richard Kreitner, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
He explained that while plenty of moisture will blanket the area, and as cold as it feels, it won’t be chilly enough to bring snowflakes, sleet, or any type of wintry precipitation over the next few days.
He said the overnight low Thursday is expected to be about 39 degrees, which comes a little close to the 32 degree-freezing mark, but not close enough. High temps will be in the upper 40s into Saturday, and lows Friday and Saturday will be in the mid 30s, dropping down toward the freezing mark Saturday, Kreitner said.
“By that time the rain is done though,” he said. “The cold is chasing the moisture, and by the time the cold air gets here the moisture is gone. It takes a very specific set of circumstance for us to get frozen (precipitation) along the coast.”
He said other areas in central parts of North Carolina and South Carolina are expected to see a rain and snow mix Friday night though.
A slight warm up is expected early next week for Horry County, before another cold blast blows back into the area by mid next week.