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FIRST ALERT: Still looking at a freezing rain chance in the early morning hours

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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 7:28 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 6:47 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Watch out for ice, especially Sunday morning!

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First Alert Weather Headlines:

· Heads up! Tonight and Sunday are Alert Days.

· An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for the Northern Midlands late tonight until 1 a.m. Monday.

· A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of the Central Midlands late tonight through 4pm Sunday.

· We’re tracking the potential for a wintry mix of heavy rain, ice and some snowflakes to move into the Midlands with an area of low pressure.

· There is the potential for freezing rain/ice to form in the Midlands late tonight into Sunday in the Midlands. Some snow could mix in early on and then again at the end of the event, but this is mainly a rain and ice event. Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

· MLK Day this Monday could feature slick roads early in the AM. Morning temperatures will be near freezing. Highs will be in the mid 40s under mostly sunny skies.

· More sunshine is expected Tuesday with highs in the upper 40s to near 50.

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First Alert Weather Story:

Tonight and Sunday are Alert Days.

An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for the Northern Midlands late Saturday night through 1 a.m. Monday. This includes Fairfield, Kershaw and Newberry Counties. These areas could see more than a quarter of an inch of ice accumulate on surfaces.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of the Central Midlands from late Saturday night through Sunday night. This includes Lee, Lexington, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Orangeburg, Calhoun and Clarendon Counties. Ice accumulations are possible in these counties.

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A low pressure system with plenty of moisture associated with it will push into the area after midnight tonight. Cold air is in place from a high pressure system to our north. This warmer and moist air will override the cold air and the precipitation that falls will freeze to surfaces like trees, buildings, and roadways. The freezing rain begins around 3am and lasts until right around 9am for the Central Midlands. The Northern Midlands will see it last until the latter part of the morning, close to noon. During the afternoon the rain starts to lighten up a bit, but winds are still rather strong. Winds are going to be gusty with this system. Expect gusts up to 40mph as the low pushes over the region during the day.

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Several models are showing warmer temperatures for Sunday afternoon, so I bumped up the high to around 40 with the thought that low 40s are a good possibility. Rain will be heavy at times with around 1-2″ possible. The best chance of measurable snow is around Saluda and Newberry counties, with around a trace to an inch possible, as they will be in colder air that is pushed up against the mountains.

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Winds will continue to be strong Sunday night into Monday morning and temperatures dip down to 32, with some locations just below freezing. This could lead to some icy spots on untreated surfaces. Whatever does not dry from all the wind could definitely freeze in the early morning hours. We see plenty of sunshine for your MLK day, but dress warmly as the temps won’t get out of the mid 40s and we have gusty winds up to 20 to 25mph.

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Monday night we dip down to 25 and Tuesday we have high pressure over the area giving us sunshine and highs in the low 50s.

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Alert Night Tonight: Wintry mix moves in late tonight and will continue into the early morning. Temps fall into the upper 20s to low 30s.

Alert Day Sunday: Wintry mix (100% chance). Freezing rain/ice and heavy rain. Cold and windy. High temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

MLK Day (Monday): AM slick roads. Mostly sunny and chilly. Morning temperatures in the lower 30s. Highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Tuesday: Sunny & chilly. Highs in the upper 40s to near 50.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cool. Highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. A few showers (40%). Highs in the low 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Much cooler. Highs in the low 40s. 30% chance of some showers.

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