Storm moves northward - - Columbia, South Carolina

Storm moves northward

(Charlotte) November 22, 2006 - A storm that's flooded rural roads and knocked out power across North Carolina hasn't snarled Thanksgiving holiday travel in the region. In South Carolina on Tuesday, the same weather system caused the earliest snow in decades as a nor'easter deepened off the coast.

No flight delays are reported at the Raleigh-Durham airport, and only a few minor delays have occurred in Charlotte. Major highways seem to be in good shape.

In the storm's likely path, high wind warnings have been posted along the New Jersey coast.

In South Carolina, the storm dropped a wintry mix Tuesday and on Wednesday, there have been some flood watches and warnings. Click here for a complete list>>

WIS Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Ken Aucoin says the strong area of low pressure is weakening as it is drifting slowly northward. A lake wind advisory remains in effect until 6pm. Winds will be diminishing rapidly as the storm moves away from South Carolina Thursday.

Thanksgiving will be much brighter. Early morning clouds will leave us with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Highs for Thanksgiving will be in the lower 60s. The outlook for the weekend is for abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures.

The stormy weather started Tuesday in South Carolina. Heavy rains and wind gusts above tropical storm strength buffeted the coast, slowing morning rush hour traffic. Gusts of 44 miles per hour were reported in Folly Beach and at the Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston.

According to the National Climatic Center, a trace of snow recorded at the Charleston International Airport is the earliest on record.

Snowflakes were also reported in the Midlands. There was some accumulation reported south of Columbia. In Allendale, Barnwell and Bamberg, there were reports of up to one-half inch of snow. But with the temperatures rising, the slush and snow gave way to cold rain.

by Ken Aucoin with AP

updated 2:00pm by Bryce Mursch

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