Ice on roadways may cause new problems overnight for Midlands - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Ice on roadways may cause new problems overnight for Midlands

Guess what @wis10?! It's still snowing in Irmo and it's fabulous! (Source: Sam The Wise via Twitter) Guess what @wis10?! It's still snowing in Irmo and it's fabulous! (Source: Sam The Wise via Twitter)
Snow accumulates in Whitmire on Saturday morning. (Source: Mike DeSumma) Snow accumulates in Whitmire on Saturday morning. (Source: Mike DeSumma)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Here in the Midlands we only saw some light dusting of snow in the early morning hours on Saturday, however weather reports are coming in saying to remain cautious through the night because of possibilities of ice on the roadways. 

The forecast has shifted quite a bit in the past 24 hours to more of a cold rain or wintery mix event for most of the Midlands, but the storm system is starting to move out away from our state. Skies are beginning to clear and colder temperatures are moving in after temperatures went up a little during the day.

 The National Weather Service said they expect temperatures to drop below freezing Saturday night for the Midlands. As those temperatures drop, any water on the roads may refreeze and cause slippery conditions, mainly in the northern and western midlands. 

An update sent from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division late Saturday morning, the SCEMD scaled back their operations and returned to Operating Condition Five, which is normal operations, Saturday afternoon.  

SCEMD continues to urge everyone to continue to be cautious.

RELATED: See Tim Miller's updated forecast

Most of the significant ice and snow potential appears to be isolated to the north of the Midlands and into the Upstate, but emergency management officials in Kershaw County report ice is starting to form in the northern portion of the county. Schools in that area dismissed early. 

On the ice end of things, we're looking at not much if any in the Midlands. However, Northward into Rock Hill and Charlotte, ice is starting to form.

RELATED: See visual animations of forecast ice and snow totals

As for the snow, the forecast for the Midlands has adjusted to more of a dusting on Saturday morning that will move quickly through the area and even make it into the Lowcountry.

In the meantime, a Winter Weather Advisory will stay in effect for Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Cherokee and York counties. 

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Minimal power outages were reported on Friday in South Carolina as a result of the storm. 

Duke Energy reported online that less than a 150 of its nearly 300,000 customers in northern South Carolina were without power Friday morning. That number raised to about 150,000 power outages between North Carolina and South Carolina by Saturday morning. Duke reported having about 7,000 people working to restore power. 

In South Carolina's central and southern regions, South Carolina Electric and Gas says that fewer than 500 customers were without power as of 6:30 a.m. Friday. Nearly all of those outages were in Richland County, where a steady rain was falling, and temperatures were near the freezing mark.

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Click here for a link to the South Carolina Department of Transportation's report on road conditions.

Click here for a link to flight information at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Click here for a link to SCE&G Power Outages.

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