Grab your snuggies; first winter front to drop temps here

After a few edgy days of a chill northeast wind, the Lowcountry is about to get a very cold blast of the real deal.

A powerful Arctic wave is forecast to push 20-30 mph winds into the region coupled with bone-chilling lows in the 20s Wednesday and Thursday nights. Wind chills will make it feel even colder. Gale force warnings will be in effect for boats on open water. That means high, rough waves and difficult navigation. The winds will start kicking up Tuesday out of the north.

“It’s a monster high pressure system and it’s going to bring a lot of cold air in behind it,” said meteorologist Brett Cimbora, National Weather Service, Charleston.

Daytime highs will be only about 40 on Wednesday and barely into the 50s Thursday as the winds start to die down. It will be Sunday before overnight lows recover to the 50s.

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