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Storm delivers snow, power outages to Midlands

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8-year-old Shania Simpson enjoys the snow in Heath Springs. (Source: Beth Bair Simpson) 8-year-old Shania Simpson enjoys the snow in Heath Springs. (Source: Beth Bair Simpson)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It wasn't the earliest snow on record, but it was pretty close as a small line of showers turned into heavy wet flakes for parts of the Midlands Tuesday night.

According to records, the earliest snow on record was a November 9. The heaviest November snow came on Nov. 19, 1901 with 3.3 inches.

We were lucky to get even a dusting out of the storm.

At worst, the system delivered blisteringly cold and powerful winds that knocked out power to several thousand SCE&G customers. At the system's peak, 4,000 people were without power in the Midlands.

But what about the morning commute? Nothing to worry about, says WIS News 10 meteorologist John Farley.

Farley says the warm ground not only prevented much snow from sticking, but it also helped it all melt away before the first cars hit the road Wednesday morning.

However, behind the front is a mass of arctic air that will bring with it the coldest temperatures of the season so far.

The highs will only reach the upper 40s and lower 50s south with breezy conditions Wednesday.

Tonight, temperatures will drop into the lower 20s. The record low for Thursday is 24° so we could easily tie or break the record low in Columbia.

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