‘Winter day’ headed to Lowcountry on Monday, freezing temps expected into Tuesday

A freeze watch is in effect in inland counties from 1 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

The National Weather Service in Charleston is warning Lowcountry residents to prepare for colder than average temperatures Monday and a freeze overnight into Tuesday.

“It will feel more like a winter day than a fall day,” said meteorologist Carl Barnes of Monday’s forecast.

The high Monday is expected to be in the lower 50s, 10 to 15 degrees below the average high of mid to upper 60s at the Charleston International Airport, where the local Weather Service is stationed.

There is a freeze watch in effect from 1 to 8 a.m. Tuesday that Barnes warned could be harmful to sensitive outdoor vegetation or unprotected outdoor plumbing.

“(The freeze) will be long enough so that people will need to prepare,” he said.

Most of the Charleston metro area will reach mid to low 30s late Monday and inland areas like Moncks Corner and Summerville are forecast to reach right around 30 to 31 degrees, according to Barnes. Some areas may fall below freezing.

The first freeze in Charleston typically occurs between Dec. 1 and 10, so if the coastal areas reach the freezing temperatures Monday night, it will be a little early. The freeze for inland counties, however, is right on time, with the frosty cold usually hitting Summerville between Nov. 10 and 20 and Goose Creek and Moncks Corner between Nov. 21 and 30.

Barnes said a very large high-pressure system from Canada that’s moving through the area has brought in the chillier weather. He added, however, that the cold weather would be short lived and a warming trend throughout the week would bring temperatures back up to about 70 by Friday.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.

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