FIRST ALERT: As the snow leaves, the threat for icy roadways increases

Published: Dec. 30, 2017 at 1:03 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2018 at 7:58 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The WIS First Alert Weather Team is forecasting the cold to stick around for a few more days as we look forward to daytime high temperatures in the 50s early next week.

Friday has been labeled a First Alert Day because of some dangerously cold wind chills that we're expecting in the morning hours. In fact, a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Clarendon, Chesterfield, Lee and Sumter counties from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. The combination of snow pack on the ground and cold, breezy conditions will lead to wind chills falling as low as 5 degrees in these locations.  Plan ahead and think about your pets, plants, elderly neighbors and your pipes at home.  Also, use extra caution around the bridges, overpasses and secondary roads Friday morning in these areas. Lingering snow will be slippery.

By Friday afternoon, high temperatures will climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s, along with Saturday.  We'll see plenty of sunshine both days.

Highs on Sunday will climb into the low 40s. You’ll notice more cloud cover moving through the day ahead of our next weather maker, which will bring showers our way by Monday.  We’ll have to watch this system closely and the timing of its arrival.  If the rain moves in early in the day, freezing rain could develop before our temperatures warm into the mid and upper 40s by Monday afternoon. We've labeled Monday as a First Alert Day for now, but we will keep an eye on this weather system as it moves in.

High temperatures will climb into the mid 50s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Snow socked large portions of the eastern Midlands, the Pee Dee, and the Grand Strand on Wednesday as freezing temperatures and moisture off the coast made for an interesting day.

In the central Midlands, residents here received largely nothing as the sun shined through the clouds toward the end of the day. Winter weather advisories for Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties were canceled late Wednesday night.

But in the eastern and southern Midlands in places like Orangeburg, Sumter, and Santee, the show started early Wednesday afternoon and delivered a slight punch of wintry precipitation.

RELATED: See photos of the Jan. 3 snowfall.

But in the Lowcountry and the Grand Strand, an area of low pressure gave record amounts of snow to areas of the state that haven't seen it in years. In the Lowcountry, parts of the area received anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow.

The Grand Strand was also expected to receive 2 to 4 inches from the storm.

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