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Western Carolinas brace for record-setting low temps

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GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Cold weather is heading into South Carolina and much of the East Coast as a cold blast and winter storm moves across the country.

Blustery winds moved in, gusting up to 35 mph on Monday afternoon and overnight, where temperatures were forecast to fall into the single digits with a below zero wind chill.

FOX Carolina meteorologist Nicole Papay said the freezing temperatures could set a record-breaking day at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Tuesday. The coldest high temperature recorded was 27 degrees in 1988 and the forecast could tie it. The coldest low temperature recorded was 9 degrees in 1904, and Tuesday's low should break that record with a forecast low of 8 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a wind child advisory for the Upstate and northeast Georgia from Monday night until noon Tuesday.

Wild chills are expected to be as low as 11 below zero in the mountains.

With the frigid forecast, many in the Upstate may be looking for a place or way to stay warm. Several shelters will open Monday night for the homeless and those in need. Click here for a complete list.

Additionally, several school districts have already announced they will delay the start of classes on Tuesday because of the dangerously low temperatures. Click here for a complete list of local closings and delays.

The storm is not only affecting the Upstate of South Carolina. An advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Midlands and along the south coast. Wind chills are expected to be around zero along the coast except on the beaches.

In the Midlands, wind chills are expected to be about 4 below zero.

State emergency management officials even held a press conference Monday to talk about the conditions along with officials from the National Weather Service and Red Cross.

With the frigid temps dropping into the single digits and below, officials urge everyone to stay warm and use the following tips to avoid fires that may spark from various heating methods.

Heating safety tips from the Greenville Fire Department:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Take any fuel-powered equipment outside your home before attempting to refuel.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Make sure ashes are cool before putting them in a metal container and keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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