Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sleet, freezing rain, snow. It is all expected today and Wednesday along the South Strand.
As a result, schools - and just about everything else - are closed today. A list of closings can be found at the top of the website.
The closing decisions were made because an accumulations of ice is expected which will cause dangerous driving conditions.
A winter storm warning is in place through Wednesday. The warning means significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations are anticipated. Preparations need to be made now in case there are power disruptions.
Georgetown County Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge said his office upgraded to an OPCON 4 status yesterday afternoon, meaning the office was at an “alert” status in preparation for a possible threat.
Today, the Emergency Management Agency will go to OPCON 3 which, Hodge said, means extra staff will be brought in to answer telephones and help with any situations that may arise.
The National Weather Service says the ice accumulations will be more significant along the coast. Snow amounts may exceed three inches.
Power outages, iced-over bridges and roads remain among the chief concerns. Winds will gust and overnight wind chills will drop into the teens Tuesday night, and high temperatures won't rise much above freezing until Thursday.
The heaviest precipitation is expected late this afternoon and overnight. Light snow may linger along the coast into Wednesday afternoon.
Very dangerous travel is expected to develop as roads become snow or ice covered. Where significant snow falls... blowing and drifting will cause severely reduced visibility. Bridges will be icy and extremely hazardous. Crews will be working to try to keep the bridges passable.
There may be lengthy power interruptions due to snow and ice accumulation on power lines... and as winds gust up to 30 mph during the height of the storm. The weight of the ice may also bring down tree limbs or topple whole trees.