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NWS: Dangerous winter weather expected this week

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Updated Monday, January 27, 2014 5:07 am

We have had the frigid air, now winter precipitation is expected to be a major problem this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire area for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. According to the NWS, “very dangerous” road conditions are expected Tuesday and Wednesday as the highways become snow covered. Bridges will be icy and extremely hazardous.

There also could be lengthy power interruptions as power lines may get covered in ice and fall. During the height of the storm, winds are expected as high as 30 mph which could also result in power outages.

The watch means there is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations. Preparations need to be made now in case there are power disruptions.

Georgetown County Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge said his office is already monitoring the situation and a conference call with emergency leaders from across the state will take place Monday.

The actual forecast from the NWS for tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.

On Monday it will be hard to believe winter weather will be just a day away because tomorrow’s high will be near 65.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Tuesday: Rain likely before 3pm, then sleet. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Snow and sleet before midnight, then sleet between midnight and 3am, then snow and sleet after 3am. Low around 24. Blustery, with a north wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Sleet before 8am, then snow. High near 34. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

We will keep you updated on information for Georgetown County before, during and after the storm here on our website, on our Facebook page and look for stories in this week’s Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times and Inlet Outlook.

If you find you do not have computer access, information will be available on the City of Georgetown’s radio station, 105.7 FM, WGEO. Available in the city and the adjacent communities.

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