Mix of wintry precipitation moves through Midlands

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:53 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM EST
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Snow in Camden (Source: Lori Jones Cooper)
Snow in Camden (Source: Lori Jones Cooper)
Snow in Lugoff. (Source: Troy Reason, Sr.)
Snow in Lugoff. (Source: Troy Reason, Sr.)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Several areas in the Midlands woke up to snow Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and affects mostly the central Midlands.

Light snow was reported in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Sumter and Fairfield counties and cities of Anderson, Bennettsville, Clemson, Conway, Florence, Greenville, Greer, Greenwood, Laurens and Rock Hill.

NWS says the area should expect a wintry precipitation mix of light snow, sleet, and light freezing rain. If there is any snow accumulation, expect it to be less than an inch. 

Meanwhile, the WIS First Alert weather team has been tracking the storm since Sunday and is calling for a dusting to 1/2"of snow.

Crews with the South Carolina Department of Transportation have been treating highways throughout the region ahead of the storm but drivers are warned to slow down on bridges and overpasses.

Those light snow showers started after midnight in the western Midlands and are expected to continue off and on through mid-morning Tuesday throughout all of the Midlands. A wintry mix will fall through the southern Midlands with minor accumulations.

Tim Miller with the WIS News 10 Storm Team says the storm will move through quickly.

"We'll be over and done with most precipitation by noon," he said. 

Highs will struggle into the upper 30s Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has posted a freezing rain advisory for Tuesday along the state's south coast while a winter weather advisory calling for freezing rain, sleet and light snow is in effect for the Midlands.

Forecasters say that freezing rain could leave icy patches on pavement, bridges and overpasses near the coast. The south Midlands could get a half-inch of snow, but mostly on grassy areas.

Schools in Charleston are closed and some government offices are opening late.

To the north, forecasters warn there could be some wintery precipitation in the Pee Dee and on South Carolina's north coast both on Tuesday and then Wednesday night into Thursday.

Duke Energy reported about 600 customers without service Tuesday morning, almost all in Florence County. South Carolina Electric and Gas reports no problems.

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