Arctic blast could bring record-breaking temperatures to SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - An arctic cold front heading into South Carolina could bring the coldest temperatures to the Midlands in almost 18 years.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for northwestern South Carolina from Monday night until noon Tuesday.

Wind chills are expected to be as low as 11 below zero in the mountains.

The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday in northeastern South Carolina. Wind chills are expected to be around zero except on the beaches.

An advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Midlands and along the south coast.

In the Midlands, wind chills are expected to be about 4 below zero. WIS News 10 meteorologist Ben Tanner says the area could see record low temperatures behind the front.

The front will move through the state Monday and highs will occur this morning with tumbling temperatures into the 40s this afternoon.

Tonight, lows will fall into the lower teens and upper single-digits. The forecast low in Columbia is 13°.

"If we do manage to fall to 13° tomorrow morning in Columbia at the Metropolitan Airport, it will be the coldest temp at the airport since it was 9° on Jan. 28, 1986," said Tanner.

The local record of 16° was set in 1924. Tanner says that record will be broken.

Tuesday afternoon, highs are not expected to make it back above the freezing mark.

Another hard freeze is in the forecast Wednesday (15°) with highs returning to the 40s Wednesday afternoon.

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