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Are you going to school or work tomorrow? It depends

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As the winter storm that crippled parts of the Midlands and the Lowcountry continues to make its way out of South Carolina, there is but one simple question for plenty of you out there: Am I going to school or work tomorrow?

Well, if you're a student, then not very likely. However, if you're a worker, then you might receive a delayed start.

Our Tim Miller says he would likely tell superintendents to cancel school on Friday because of the potential for deteriorating road conditions overnight.

"The roads aren't going to be pristine tomorrow in the slightest," said Miller.

The ice, sleet, and snow we received in this storm is expected to begin to melt on Thursday into a slushy mix, but it will freeze overnight tonight as lows will fall into the mid 20's.

"Tomorrow morning is going to be a mess, just an absolute mess until about 10 or 11 o'clock. Then in the afternoon, temperatures will be warm enough. There will be a lot of melting, it'll still be messy, but it won't be as dangerous."

Those conditions will improve into Friday afternoon and into Saturday, but there will be the chance for black ice. Highs are expected to be in the 50's all weekend.

Road conditions aside, many of you are also curious about power conditions.

The power situation across parts of the Midlands continues to fluctuate with areas like Orangeburg and Sumter counties dealing with massive power outages due to freezing rain and falling tree limbs.

For power lines with a 300 foot span, a half-inch of ice can add nearly 300 pounds and one inch of ice can add nearly 750 pounds.

Of course, you'll have to stay tuned with us to see if you will be going to school or work on Friday. None of the main districts in the Midlands have made any decisions yet.

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