Students enjoy sleeping in Thursday morning - - Columbia, South Carolina

Students enjoy sleeping in Thursday morning

(Midlands) Jan. 18, 2007 - Winter weather moved through parts of South Carolina Thursday. The National Weather Service reported snow showers in Anderson and Florence early Thursday morning. Freezing rain was reported in Columbia and Sumter.

The prediction of icy roads and wet weather Thursday morning was reason enough for officials to delay school in many parts of the Midlands.

Teachers at Dent Middle School in Columbia used the extra two hours to salt their steps before students arrived.

Parents were notified about the delay Wednesday, and say they believe it was the right thing for the school to do.

"The arrangement is very good because during the early morning the road is very slippery and dangerous for our children," said Annie Fan.

"I was happy," said student Brandon Corley. "I was in basketball practice and the coach ran in and said we had a delay. I was like, yes! We get to sleep in!"

Richland County offices and the City of Columbia offices also opened late Thursday morning.

The wintry mix was strong enough to cause some power outages in Sumter at various traffic lights and at a Citgo gas station near Shaw Air Force Base.

A mix of rain and sleet caused icicles to hang off of trees, street signs and traffic lights. Even fruit at the State Farmers Market got a good soaking.

Despite the conditions, some people braved the chilly temperatures. For them, it was business as usual.

Just to the north, the cold weather is being blamed for a large water main break in Charlotte. The 18-inch water main ruptured in Charlotte early Thursday morning, spilling 1,200 gallons of water per minute into the streets.

Officials say the break was caused by freezing temperatures in the area.

Other parts of the country are still recovering from this week's winter blast. Snow stopped traffic on a California interstate just north of Los Angeles.

In Austin, Texas, thousands are still without power as crews work to fix frozen lines. And some New York residents also don't have any power, but they do have a new cold system hitting the area.

updated 11:00pm by Bryce Mursch
Sources: AP, NOAA, FEMA

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