Record low this morning in Charleston

Ice coats the fountain on the Meeting Street side of Marion Square Friday morning after the 18-degree cold set a record.

This morning’s low temperature set a record, and it will stay cold throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature was 18 degrees at the Charleston International Airport at 7:07 a.m., well below the record low of 22 degrees set in 1968, according to meteorologist Emily Timte.

A thick layer of ice coated the base of the fountain on the Meeting Street side of Marion Square.

The mercury is expected to rise only around 38 degrees today, which would break the previous record of 44 for the lowest high temperature for the date.

A northwest wind is blowing around 10 mph, which could make it feel around 12 degrees. A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 a.m.

Tonight should be mostly clear, with a low around 28.

Saturday should be warmer, with a high near 57 and a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 p.m,, and an overnight low around 51.

The mercury should climb to near 69 Sunday, with a a 20 percent chance of showers and

an overnight low around 50.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.