The well-dressed York County resident will be wearing ear muffs, mittens and overcoats this week, as the thermometer was expected to dip to 12 degrees this morning, about 20 degrees below normal, and remain below normal for the rest of the week.
The high today is predicted at 38, according to Scott Krentz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer. Normal highs would be about 50.
"An Arctic high pressure area will move in behind the cold front Sunday night," Krentz said Sunday afternoon. "No precipitation. It will be calm and really dry. It's going to sit on us and keep storm systems away."
More cold weather expected to arrive Tuesday with freezing drizzle in the morning could cause some early-morning traffic problems as schools reopen after the long weekend. The thermometer is expected to be at about 25 degrees at daybreak and not go above freezing until about 10 a.m., Krentz said, when it will turn to rain. The temperature should reach the mid-40s in the afternoon.
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Morning lows should reach the upper 20s Wednesday and Thursday mornings and the mid- to upper 40s in the afternoon, according to Frank Strait, an Accuweather.com meteorologist.
Another cold front is predicted Thursday night, plunging the thermometer into the teens Friday morning and the low 40s in the afternoon, Strait said.
The good news is that it should begin to warm up next weekend, although the warmer weather could bring some rain.
"We still need a good bit of rainfall to get us out of the drought conditions," Strait said. "It will take several more pretty good rain events. Last year, we only had a little more than half of the normal rainfall."
Lake Wylie's depth reached 94.8 feet this weekend, 5.2 feet below what is considered "full pool." The lake depth stood at 93 feet in October, but recent rainfall and Saturday's snow brought it up.