UPDATE (12/24) – A wind chill advisory has been issued for the Upstate and Western North Carolina until 1 p.m. as the strong arctic cold front continues to move across the United States.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A strong arctic cold front is moving across the United States, which means Christmas in the Upstate and Western North Carolina will feel more like Christmas, just without the snow.
The arctic blast moved through Thursday night into Friday morning. The front brought in a few showers across the Upstate and possibly an inch of snow in the high elevations of North Carolina.
Due to falling temperatures and snowfall, there will be black ice in elevations of 3500 feet or higher. Therefore a winter weather advisory is in effect for the western counties of North Carolina until 7 p.m. on Friday.
A wind advisory will take effect Friday until 7 p.m. for all of South Carolina, North Carolina and part of Georgia.
When you add the gust winds to the falling temperatures, we are going to see dangerous wind chill.
The Upstate will be under a wind chill advisory from 5 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Wind chills could be down to 10 below zero to zero.
Without the snow, the high temperature will be right above freezing, and lows in the single digits on Christmas Eve Day.
The wind chill on Christmas Eve morning is going to make the temperature feel like zero degrees.
It will slightly warm up on Christmas Day with highs in the 30s with lows still in the teens, but lots of sunshine.
The wind chill on Christmas Day is going to make it feel colder outside, but not as cold as Christmas Eve Day.
*Note: Due to extremely cold temperatures, it is important to bring the plants and animals inside and prep pipes.