FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Bitter cold start to the weekend, continues through Christmas

Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 8:43 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2022 at 4:37 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An arctic cold front is set to bring the second coldest Christmas on record to our area.


We’ll continue to get colder and colder as overnight lows drop into the teens. Gusty winds will make it feel significantly colder with wind chills in the single digits Saturday morning. A wind chill advisory will remain in place until 11 AM Saturday morning.

Wind chill advisory tonight
Wind chill advisory tonight(WMBF)


The blast of cold air will linger throughout the Christmas weekend. Afternoon temperatures on Christmas Eve are forecast to only reach 32°. A lingering breeze will keep wind chills in the teens and 20s throughout much of the day.

Christmas morning will see less wind, but bitter-cold temperatures. Inland areas drop to around 15° while temperatures along the Grand Strand drop to 19°.

Expect a very cold Christmas Eve
Expect a very cold Christmas Eve(WMBF)

Christmas Day will be very cold as afternoon temperatures only climb into the upper 30s. With an afternoon high of 38°, that will make it the coldest Christmas since 1999.

We finally climb above freezing by late morning
We finally climb above freezing by late morning(WMBF)

Many spots will see below-freezing temperatures for over 40 hours, starting Friday evening and continuing through late morning Sunday.

Expect up to 43 hours of below freezing weather this weekend
Expect up to 43 hours of below freezing weather this weekend(WMBF)