First widespread frost possible early next week

First widespread frost possible early next week

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A strong cold front will sweep through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry Saturday; ending a streak of mild weather.

The exact timing and extent of chilly air in our local forecast is still uncertain. Adjustments to the forecast are likely.

This weekend will begin seasonably mild. However, a breeze will increase Saturday afternoon behind a southeast-moving cold front. A sustained wind of 15 to 25 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH will be common by mid-afternoon across most of the region. As the wind increases, temperatures will gradually cool.

Persistent breezes will transport the brunt of the chilly air-mass into our region after sunset. Will you be outside Saturday? Plan on trading a short-sleeve shirt for a jacket by early evening.

Sunday morning will be chilly! Communities west of Interstate 95 may briefly cool below 40°. Sunday afternoon high temperatures will only rebound into the 50s and lower 60s under plenty of sunshine.

The real chill - and threat of a frost or light freeze – is in Monday morning's forecast. Many areas away from the beach will cool into the 30s before sunrise.

The greatest chance of receiving a Monday morning freeze will be north of Interstate 16 and west of Highway 301.

Take advantage of the remaining mild work-week weather and make seasonal garden preparations, before the chilly winds arrive this weekend.

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