A chilly couple days ahead, with a rebound for the weekend

/ January 30, 2019 at 7:58 AM
Forecast for January 30, 2019: Scattered clouds. High 48. Wind chills in the low 30s.
National Weather Service forecast for January 30, 2019. Cold!

We are getting off to a rather chilly start this morning on the southern periphery of a significant Arctic blast of cold air. While we may be starting in the upper 20s, at least we are in the upper 20s above zero — can’t say the same for our friends in the Upper Midwest.

Today: BRRR

Departures in temperature (top left), dewpoint (bottom left), and pressure (top right) from 24 hours ago, valid 7am January 30, 2019. (Click to enlarge.)

We start today some 10-15° cooler than we started yesterday at most stations. (We are almost 20° colder on Johns Island!) This is in the wake of a cold front that moved through early Tuesday evening. Said front is responsible for helping usher in a frigid, Arctic airmass to the upper Midwest. It won’t get to -20° here, but this morning’s temperatures are amongst the coldest air this season. In fact, the low of 27° at the airport is indeed the coldest temperature recorded so far in January 2019 and, indeed, all winter.

We will struggle to warm into the upper 40s today under a mix of sun and clouds. Winds will continue to blow out of the west and northwest at 5-10 MPH, keeping wind chills suppressed into the 30s at times. Bundle up!

One more chilly day followed by a warming trend

Seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service in Charleston, from January 30-February 5. Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 48. Thursday: Mostly sunny, high 51, low 27. Friday: Partly cloudy, high 61, low 35. Saturday: Partly cloudy, high 64, low 43. Sunday: Slight chance of showers. High 65, low 45. Monday: Chance of showers. High 69, low 48. Tuesday: Slight chance of showers. High 71, low 54.
Seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service in Charleston.

The Arctic intrusion continues for one more day on Thursday, with another chilly morning in the upper 20s expected. Temperatures begin to moderate from here, with 60s returning to the forecast by Friday, and perhaps some 70s as we kick off the new work week.

With the warmth comes a bit more unsettled weather, though; we’ll be watching for rain chances starting Sunday afternoon into next week as we get caught on the edge of the prevailing storm track. Decent uncertainty exists here, so keep checking back, but right now, don’t expect a rainout.

Tonight on Carolina Weather Group: 2018 in review

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