Cold snap: Charleston area warming shelters open

A very cold Thursday morning at the Folly Beach pier.

Update, 6:10 p.m.: There are several shelters offering a warm place to stay Thursday and Friday nights:

Charleston County:

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office will open beds at its work camp facility at 3841 Leeds Ave., has opened from 4 p.m. Thursday through noon Friday, and again 4 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday.

Mount Pleasant:

Hibben United Methodist Church, located at 690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, opens its cold shelter at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday night. No guests will be accepted after 11 p.m. unless brought in by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Guests must also leave by 7 a.m. the following day.

Summerville:

The Antioch Christian Fellowship, located at 1250 Central Ave., opened its shelter at 5 p.m. Thursday and will likely be open again at the same time Friday. Guests must be at the shelter by 10 p.m. and leave the following day by 9 a.m.

Update, 2:50 p.m.: Dorchester District 2 will operate on a normal schedule Friday. No delays.

Update, 1:15 p.m.: The Charleston County School District has canceled all outdoor athletic activities scheduled for Thursday afternoon due to cold temperatures. Charleston County schools will operate on a normal schedule Friday with no delays.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: Berkeley County Schools will open two hours late on Friday due to the expected cold.

Previous story: Temperatures in the 20s combined with gusty northwest winds prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind-chill advisory for the Charleston area this morning.

The cold will continue throughout the day, and tonight could set a record low.

The wind chill readings were around 10 degrees inland this morning and 10 to 15 degrees along the coast, according to the weather service.

The wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. You should only be outside with warm clothes, and pets should be brought inside.

Today should be sunny, with a high near 38 and wind chill values as low as 14. Tonight the mercury should drop to around 19, with wind chill values as low as 10. The weather services lists 22 degrees as a record low for the date, set in 1968.

Friday should be sunny, with a high near 39 and wind chill values as low as 9, with an overnight low around 30.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 and a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 67 and a 30 percent chance of showers.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.