South Carolina: Winter storm hits the Carolinas

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Okay the snow is here and it will turn to freezing rain and sleet as we enter mid morning. Today we continue with a winter storm warning in effect snow for the mountains, snow and possibly a mix in the upstate, then our ice storm warning continues for Alberton, Abbeyville, Greenwood, Lawrence and Union where we could see up to three quarters maybe an inch of snow possible before all is said and done of course in much of the upstate we expect over 1/10 to a quarter inches of ice accumulation by the end of the day. That’ll be enough to see isolated power issues, slippery spots on the roads when you get into that heavier ice or that higher ice buildup of course that weighs down those tree branches and power poles and no more power outages current are likely, especially with those very strong gusty winds we’re expecting later in the day. Let’s take a live look at Super Doppler four HD radar. It’s, you know, three o’clock this morning. You can see it’s full to boot right now. Lots of snowfall. It’s exciting to see this part. Not so much the icy part of course, but the driving mechanism of it all, the low pressure area is here back in Mississippi. It will continue to plow through our area over the next few hours continuing to bring early snowfall and then a mix of rain and snow mid-morning through the afternoon before returning to snow around 345am today, Here’s a look at our gusty winds as we enter mid-morning. We’re going to start to feel those things coming up a little more. 89 10 o’clock this morning, 40 50 60 miles per hour. Gusty winds are possible. The good news is that it won’t last all day. As we head into the afternoon we will begin to see these winds weaken. It’s always going to be windy, it’s always going to be windy at times but it won’t quite have the semi-coherent strength. So that’s good news. Let’s take a look at your timing. It’s 6:30 this morning. You can see by then that we’re going to see several areas through the northern transition from this snow to freezing rain and sleet. We will still have pockets of snow at this time, but we will see more and more counties affected at 78 hours. We’ll see some more and then around 9, 10 in that time frame around mid-morning or so. Almost the entire upstate should have gone from falling snow to freezing rain and sleet. And then we start to see that the ice starts to build up. So 10 11 12 one hour two hours is a long time for us to capture some of that sleet and freezing rain, that ice. It’s gonna take four or five, maybe six hours to build up and then here’s 34 hours today we’ll start to see that snow shift for wanna holla pickens Clemson back in the core. Well, you can see some snowfall in southern parts of Anderson. I could see some snowfall at first then you see for Greenville County more like 56 hours before entering a dry air slot. I mean it’s going pretty fast in Russia and it’s going to taper off that snowfall pretty quickly so we’re not going to see it last all night. It will continue a little longer in the mountains. So in terms of our projected snowfall totals, I really haven’t changed that much. Some of us will be a little less than what you see. Some could be a bit more. This is only a pretty good estimate of what we’ve seen here over the past few days. It will be cold, it will be windy. Oh it’s gonna be a great day to be indoors, that’s for sure. Highs today Only near 30’s that’s it with the wind chill in the 20’s with those gusts of wind mostly tomorrow will be a sunny day which is good and we’ll have above freezing but this is going to take a while, so slippery places. Ice on the roads in the region which is certainly the main concern for Monday and Tuesday morning in the mountains. Same thing, you’re going to get a ton of snow and it’s going to freeze on some roads. It cost a few slick spots. So be extra careful. Besides, later in the week, we could see more snowfall for the mountains and other more mixed ones for the north of the State. We’ll talk about that in much more detail later. Mm hm.

South Carolina winter, ice, snow updates from WYFF News 4

Power outages are very possible and could last several days, Duke Energy says

This page will contain hour-by-hour updates on conditions in the Carolinas during the winter storm. Please check and update for the latest. You can find the latest predictions in the video player above. Hourly updates (or more often if needed) below: 5:30 am Latest snow reports: 1.7 Easley1.7 GSP1.5 Pelzer 2″ TR 5 am morning photos4:30 am: Reported snow so far : GSP AIRPORT- 1.3″W. Pelzer 1.3 “Easley 1.5″ 4 a.m. / What to expect for the day: The snow is in, giving upstate its first snowfall of the season. Some areas of the mountains will see more than one season in one day! Annual snowfall for Asheville from October to April is 12.6″, but some locations at higher elevations could see closer to 20″ of snow! Upstate: 3″ – 6″ Along Interstate 85: 1″ – 3″ South of Interstate 85: 1″ – 3″ South of Interstate 85: 0.25″ at 0.50 Now the bad news. The snow turns to freezing rain and sleet by mid-morning, turning our winter wonderland into a skating rink for some. Ice accumulations should be 0.10″ to 0.25”. around the upstate, but in our southern counties an ice warning reporting 0.10″-1″ ice is possible. Areas near Spartanburg can also expect greater impacts due to ice buildup. schedule, accumulations, weather, wind speeds for the winter stormQUICK LINKS: forecasts, closures, traffic updates, power outages, live cameras, and more. The upstate will see more snow before the system heads east. A second and final transition to snow begins between 3 and 5 p.m. Freezing overnight lows will cause roads to hold ice creating slippery spots Monday morning. The ice storm warning is the biggest concern. in advance. Extra blankets, water, non-perishable groceries and filled medicine. Duke Energy says the winter storm could cause loss of power to about 750,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina according to current predicted path of the storm and power outages in some of the hardest hit areas could last several days. RELATED: Winter Storm Safety Reminders: What To Do In The Event Of A Power Outage, What To Do should be avoided when drivingSend us your pictures of snow when it startsVideo below: Governor McMaster’s Saturday afternoon press conferenceBelow: Meteorologist Griffin Hardy gives you some tips on winter weather Spartanburg residents are getting prepare: preparations in North Carolina: Duke Energy prepares for blackouts:

This page will contain hour-by-hour updates on conditions in the Carolinas during the winter storm. Please check and update for the latest. You can find the latest predictions in the video player above.

Updates hour by hour (or more often if needed) below:

5:30

Latest snow reports:

  • 1.7 Easley
  • 1.7 GSP
  • 1.5 Pelzer
  • 2″ TR

5 a.m.

The video below shows WYFF News 4 crews upstate:

4:30 a.m.:

Snow reports so far:

  • GSP AIRPORT – 1.3″
  • W.Pelzer 1.3″
  • Easley 1.5″

4am / What to expect for the day:

The snow is here, giving the upstate its first snowfall of the season.

Some areas of the mountains will see more than one season in one day! The annual snowfall for Asheville from October to April is 12.6″, but some locations at higher elevations could see closer to 20″ of snow!

  • What to expect regarding snow accumulation:
    • North Carolina Mountains: 6″ to 12″
    • Northern parts of upstate: 3″ to 6″
    • Along Interstate 85: 1″ to 3″
    • South of Interstate 85: 1″-3
  • What to expect regarding ice buildup:
    • Along Interstate 85 and North of I-85: 0.10″ to 0.25″
    • South of Interstate 85: 0.25″ to 0.50

Now on to the bad news. The snow turns to freezing rain and sleet by mid-morning, turning our winter wonderland into a skating rink for some.

potential ice totals

Ice accumulations are expected to be 0.10 to 0.25 inches around the upstate, but in our southern counties an ice warning indicates that 0.10 to 1 inch of ice is possible. Areas near Spartanburg can also expect greater impacts due to ice buildup.

The upstate will see more snow before the system heads east. A second and final transition to snow begins between 3 and 5 p.m. Freezing lows overnight will cause roads to hold ice creating slippery spots Monday morning.

weather sat

The ice storm warning is of most concern.

Gusts of wind add to the concern as power lines and trees are weighed down by ice.

Occasional power outages are likely, so please plan ahead. Extra blankets, water, non-perishable food and filled medications.

According to Duke Energy, the winter storm could result in loss of power to approximately 750,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, based on current forecasts for the storm, and power outages in some of the hardest areas. badly affected could last several days.

RELATED:

Video below:

Governor McMaster’s Saturday afternoon press conference below:

Meteorologist Griffin Hardy gives you some winter weather tips

The people of Spartanburg prepare:

North Carolina preparations:

Duke Energy prepares for blackouts:

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