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State agencies now closed in 24 counties on Tuesday

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Because of inclement weather, Governor Mark Sanford has closed State government offices in 24 counties with others opening on a two hour delay.

State Government Offices in the following 24 counties will remain CLOSED Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011:

Abbeville
Anderson
Cherokee
Chester
Chesterfield
Dillon
Edgefield
Fairfield
Greenville
Greenwood
Kershaw
Laurens
Lancaster
Lexington
Marlboro
McCormick
Newberry
Oconee
Pickens
Richland
Saluda
Spartanburg
Union
York

State Government Offices in the following  22  counties will operate on a two hour delay:

Aiken
Allendale
Bamberg
Barnwell
Beaufort
Berkeley
Calhoun
Charleston
Clarendon
Colleton
Darlington
Dorchester
Florence
Georgetown
Hampton
Horry
Jasper
Lee
Marion
Orangeburg
Sumter
Williamsburg

State employees and nearly all schools away from the coast had the day off Monday after a storm brought several inches of snow and a coat of ice to much of the state.

An Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency was issued on Monday because it will allow state and local officials maximum flexibility in clearing and treating roads, bring additional resources to the Department of Public Safety to assist stranded motorists, and that ensure utilities have the greatest leeway in managing any possible power outages. The expectation is that conditions will worsen as the day progresses, and for that reason it is essential that state and local workers charged with dealing with the storm's effects be given the greatest possible ability to do their jobs quickly and effectively. 

"Given the current conditions throughout the state, I would urge the state's citizens to avoid all unnecessary travel," Gov. Sanford said. "I'd also thank the many state and local officials -- especially those at the Emergency Management Division, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Public Safety -- working around the clock to assist stranded citizens, clear roads, and provide shelter to those most affected by the storm."

The Governor's Office is urging citizens to stay tuned to local media for updates on travel and weather conditions.

The State of South Carolina has the following resources available for you to stay up-to-date with developing weather conditions:

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