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Widespread Freeze Expected Early Wednesday

By Ray Hawthorne

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Arctic air is moving into the Palmetto state, and it may be record-breaking in a few locations. A freeze is likely across nearly the entire state Tuesday Night, and wind chills could dip into the teens across the Upstate.

Widespread Frost for Upstate, Midlands This Weekend

By Ray Hawthorne

Lows Saturday Morning

Update as of 2:30 PM Friday: The Frost Advisory has been expanded to include the Midlands early Saturday morning, and continues for the Upstate. The growing season is likely to come to an end this weekend, especially in the Upstate, on the heels of the coldest air mass of the season so far. The National Weather Service posted Frost Advisories for the Greenville-Spartanburg, Greenwood, Anderson, and Rock Hill areas, which will start at 2 AM Saturday and expire at 9 AM Saturday.

Tornado Watch for parts of Midlands, Pee Dee, Upstate

By Ray Hawthorne

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has posted a Tornado Watch until 11 PM for portions of the Upstate, Midlands, and Pee Dee Region. The Tornado Watch includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Columbia, Sumter, and Darlington. Several lines of thunderstorms are moving through the Upstate Thursday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings there. Strong winds through a deep layer of the atmosphere, high humidity, and an approaching cold front are the ingredients responsible for the thunderstorms.

Heavy Halloween Thunderstorms Across the State Today

By Ray Hawthorne

Flood Watch for SC Mountains

A thunderstorm that prompted the National Weather Service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the Greenville area and parts of Spartanburg county on Friday morning is part of a larger weather system that is expected to bring additional strong thunderstorms to the state this afternoon and evening. Unseasonably high humidity has surged northward from the Gulf of Mexico and is blanketing the state. The moisture content of the air and warm afternoon temperatures into the 80s will make the air unstable enough for thunderstorms as the cold front approaches from Georgia and Alabama.

Strong Thunderstorms on Thursday in Parts of South Carolina

By Ray Hawthorne

Beneficial Rain in South Carolina

Halloween is likely to turn dark and stormy for parts of the Palmetto State ahead of the strongest front so far this fall season. Unseasonably high humidity is expected to surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico and be in place for most of Thursday. The moisture content of the air and warm afternoon temperatures into the 80s will make the air unstable enough for thunderstorms as the cold front approaches. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a “slight risk” (level 2 out of a possible 5) for severe thunderstorms for most of the Midlands and Upstate.

A Few Strong Storms Are Possible Tuesday

By Ray Hawthorne

Storm Prediction Center Outlook

A few reports of wind damage are possible on Tuesday across portions of the Palmetto State. Thunderstorms are possible in the morning and early afternoon hours as a disturbance high in the atmosphere moves northeast out of Georgia and into the state. At the same time, a cold front will approach from the west. Unstable air and strong winds high in the atmosphere may allow a few of the storms to produce damaging wind and perhaps an isolated tornado or two. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a “slight risk” for severe weather over the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas.

Nestor to Bring Rain to South Carolina on Saturday

By Ray Hawthorne

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More beneficial rain is on its way to the parched Palmetto State this weekend. Nestor has become the season’s 14th named tropical storm as of the 2 PM advisory from The National Hurricane Center. It is moving quickly northeastward and is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Saturday morning. Its track brings the storm over South Carolina during the day on Saturday before moving off the North Carolina coast on Sunday morning. The storm itself is not entirely “tropical”.

Tropical System To Bring More Rain To Parched Palmetto State

By Ray Hawthorne

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Update 12:30 PM Friday:  The "potential tropical cyclone" is still on track to bring much-needed rain to South Carolina. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center says widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are forecast across the state Saturday into Saturday night. More beneficial rain is on its way to the parched Palmetto State this weekend. A “potential tropical cyclone” in the western Gulf of Mexico is set to become the season’s 14th named storm.

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