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Cold snap heading to parts of Southeast

Truckers will hit subfreezing temperatures Tuesday night

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A freeze warning has been posted by the National Weather Service for parts of the Southeast, including coastal areas.

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Low temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Tuesday night will spread from Augusta and Waycross, Georgia, to Wilmington, North Carolina. Places in between like Savannah, Columbia, Charleston, Florence and Myrtle Beach will also feel the chill. Even along the immediate coast, lows will be right around freezing. All of these locations are included in the warning.

Record lows are unlikely. However, for most of the warning areas, these temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees below normal for late November. Also, this will be the first freeze this season for most of these areas and could kill some crops.

The cold snap may catch some truckers off guard. For any drivers who plan to park in these places overnight, pouring winter additive in their diesel will prevent fuel gelling. Pack some warm clothing too.

High temperatures Wednesday will also be about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than normal, in the mid-50s.

Major lanes of concern

• Interstate 16 from Savannah to Swainsboro, Georgia.
• Interstate 20 from Augusta to Columbia, South Carolina.
• Interstate 95 from Savannah to Florence, South Carolina.
• U.S. Highway 17 from Savannah to Wilmington.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.