SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - After setting several record highs and recording the warmest December in recorded history, the Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry is in for a shock to the system.
Cold air has been building across Canada over the past several days. However, the southeast has remained only seasonably cool because the jet stream set-up across the continental United States has not allowed this frigid air to sink southward.
The weather pattern is now changing and cold air will arrive in the southeast late Monday.
A northeast breeze will gradually increase across coastal Georgia and South Carolina Monday afternoon. A few wind gusts may exceed 20 MPH after 3 p.m.
Cold air will settle across the WTOC Viewing Area Monday night, sending temperatures plummeting to the coldest levels experienced so far this winter. By sunrise Tuesday morning, most areas along and west of Interstate 95 – including much of the Savannah Metro – will be below freezing.
Factoring in the breeze, Tuesday morning 'wind chills' will fall into the 18° to 25° range.
Make sure that all cold weather precautions are taken before the chill arrives. Cover plants, brings pets indoors and check on people who may not be able to take precautions on their own. At this time, a hard freeze is not expected in Savannah. However, temperatures may dip below 30° along and west of a line ranging from Hampton, South Carolina, to Hinesville, Georgia.
Stay with the WTOC First Alert Forecast team as cold temperatures increase across our area.