Snow wrapping up across SC - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Snow wrapping up across SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Around 1"- 3" fell across the Midlands after this weekend's winter storm.

Most of it accumulated on the grass and allowed a majority of the roads to stay wet but clear.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation tried to keep snow off the roads so they're safe for drivers.

More than 850 employees worked on road operations. They're using about 5,900 tons of salt, 1,400 tons of sand, and 250,500 gallons of salt brine and calcium chloride. 500 snow plows and salt spreaders were being used on the roadways.

Workers said road conditions around the Columbia area were mostly wet with some visible slush. As for Orangeburg and the surrounding areas, they said crews were monitoring the road conditions and treated the roads as needed.

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The state Emergency Management urges residents to be mindful of the following winter safety tips:

  • Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
  • Always keep a three to seven-day supply of non-perishable food in your home.
  • Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a sack of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush.

Copyright 2010 WIS. All rights reserved. WBTV contributed to this report.

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