Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advice for counties across Pee Dee and inner Horry County ahead of the possibility of freezing rain Sunday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for counties across Pee Dee ahead of the potential for freezing rain Sunday morning.

A WARNING WINTER WEATHER AND WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for our area.
A WARNING WINTER WEATHER AND WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for our area.(WMBF)

The temperatures today will be cooler this afternoon as the clouds filter in and the temperatures struggle to reach the lower 50 degrees. Highs today will only reach the lower 50s for a short period of time, while most of the day is spent in the 40s. A breeze will sometimes be around today before the rain chances increase overnight.

As the major storm system draws into Carolina late tonight and early Sunday, the rain will spread across the region and will begin as a brief period of freezing rain over Pee Dee. Freezing rain can lead to isolated power outages and slippery roads along and west of Interstate 95.

HORRY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY

Along the beach, temperatures on Saturday evening and Sunday morning will be safely above freezing, meaning only rain is expected. Light rain begins before sunrise on Sunday and becomes heavy at times from mid-morning to early afternoon. The rain will quickly subside during the afternoon. The total amount of precipitation will reach as high as 2 to 2.5 inches and may result in timber on roads and areas with stagnant water.

Frost rain is spreading to Horry County tomorrow as temperatures drop just before sunset ....
Frost rain is spreading to Horry County tomorrow as temperatures drop just before sunset. Frost rain continues inland, with an even earlier start time.(WMBF)

The wind will be strong as the storm system moves through Sunday afternoon. Expect gusts of 30 to 35 mph through Sunday afternoon with improvements after sunset.

9 a.m.: The rain continues to fall with freezing rain moving out of Horry County deep inland.
9 a.m.: The rain continues to fall with freezing rain moving out of Horry County deep inland.(WMBF)

As you move inland, distant interiors of Horry & Georgetown Counties will fall around freezing, allowing for a MAP period of frosty weather. At this point, bridges and crossings would be the only concern for these places before temperatures allow ordinary rain to be the story for the rest of the day.

PEE DEE, INCLUDING AREAS NEAR I-95

ONE WINTER WEATHER ADVICE has been issued too far inland Horry County, Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg and Robeson Counties for Sunday morning. ONE WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for Scotland County Sunday morning.

At 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, the temperatures allow the rain to fall over Marion, Conway and ...
At 10 AM Sunday morning, the temperatures allow the rain to fall over Marion, Conway and other areas inland and NOT freeze. Things should start to improve quickly at this point.(WMBF)

Inland areas will be near freezing point on Sunday morning as we approach sunset. What could start as regular rain will turn into a period of freezing rain when temperatures drop just before sunrise on Sunday morning. Florence, Darlington, Hartsville, Bennettsville, Laurinburg and Lumberton are likely to all experience a period of icy rain. Warmer air will move into the region late in the morning and noon on Sunday and will quickly send temperatures above freezing, stopping the risk of ice accumulating.

At noon it is the worst out of here and the heavy rain continues for the beaches.  Alert ...
At noon it is the worst out of here and the heavy rain continues for the beaches. Note that all places are above freezing, EXCEPT Laurinburg at. 12.00 tomorrow.(WMBF)

Ice accumulations look minimal with a short glaze to one-tenth of an inch of ice for areas along and east of I-95. Areas west of I-95 may remain below freezing a little longer and see a bit more ice accumulation. Areas from Darlington to Hartsville, Bennettsville and across the border to Laurinburg can see ice accumulation up a quarter of an inch. Bridges and crossings will be the first thing to see problems, followed by unpaved roads or back roads in the far inner communities.

The worst ice will be west of I-95, but areas in Pee Dee will see a short glaze, ...
The worst ice will be west of I-95, but areas of Pee Dee will see a short glaze, especially early in the morning.(WMBF)

Areas where ice accumulates up to a quarter of an inch may see a few wooden limbs crack along with the risk of isolated power outages. The best bet would be to stay home Sunday morning and let the temperatures warm up before you decide to go out. The worst ice will occur just northwest and into Charlotte.

OVER CAROLINAS

The central and western Carolinas will see widespread and significant impacts from this winter storm. Areas from Charlotte to Greensboro will see the storm start as snow and then turn into a mixture of sleet and icy rain. Significant accumulations of snow will be topped with potentially harmful accumulations of ice and will result in very dangerous journeys and power outages.

The worst of the ice will be to the northwest over Lancaster, Charlotte and Asheboro.  Winter...
The worst of the ice will be to the northwest over Lancaster, Charlotte and Asheboro. Winter storm and ice warnings are out for Central Carolinas.(WMBF)

At the foot and mountains of the Carolinas, heavy snow will arrive late Saturday night and continue until Sunday. Widespread totals of 6 to 12 inches will be likely with some spots seeing even higher amounts.

The worst snow will be in the western Carolinas, especially higher altitudes, where ...
The worst snow will be in the western Carolinas, especially higher altitudes where double-digit snowfall is expected.(WMBF)

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