Storm could bring ice, heavy snow this week­end

The State - - Stay Connected - BY CHARLES DUN­CAN AND NOAH FEIT cdun­[email protected]­ [email protected]­

A foot or more of snow is in the fore­cast for some parts of Up­state South Carolina, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, with snow and ice pre­dicted to cause prob­lems across the western part of the state and into the Mid­lands.

The first ma­jor win­ter storm of the year is ex­pected to bring heavy snow and ice across western ar­eas of the Caroli­nas start­ing Satur­day, with the NWS pre­dict­ing at least a foot of snow for much of the moun­tains and as far east as Char­lotte.

As of Thurs­day morn­ing, the NWS pre­dicts five inches for Greenville, eight for Spar­tan­burg, four for Clem­son and five inches for Rock Hill.

“The main pe­riod of con­cern is Satur­day night and Sun­day, but could linger into Sun­day night,” the NWS re­ported af­ter a 4 p.m. win­ter weather brief­ing.

Along with the snow, ice in the form of sleet and freez­ing rain could be a ma­jor prob­lem for some ar­eas, with al­most a quar­ter-inch of ice ac­cu­mu­la­tion fore­cast from Union to Rock Hill, ac­cord­ing to the NWS.

“This storm could be his­toric for some ar­eas, but we’re not sure what ar­eas yet. Any time you’re talk­ing about a por­tion of our area out­side the moun­tains see­ing a foot of snow, that’s a once in a gen­er­a­tion event,” Tr­isha Palmer with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice told the Greenville News.

The Weather Ser­vice is­sued a haz­ardous weather out­look for much of the state. The NWS warns that snow, ice and freez­ing rain could be­gin early Satur­day morn­ing and spread to the north­east. The heav­i­est snow and ice will likely be overnight Satur­day into Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the Weather Ser­vice.

The com­bi­na­tion of win­ter weather is ca­pa­ble of caus­ing power out­ages and cre­at­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for those trav­el­ing, ac­cord­ing to the NWS.

For the South Carolina Up­state, the Weather Ser­vice notes, “Although amounts of ice re­main un­cer­tain, the po­ten­tial ex­ists for a cor­ri­dor of sig­nif­i­cant ice ac­cu­mu­la­tion across the area south of In­ter­state 85 Satur­day night and Sun­day morn­ing, with some light snow pos­si­ble Sun­day night.”

Messy win­ter pre­cip­i­ta­tion could con­tinue into Mon­day, the NWS fore- casts.

The week­end’s fore­cast is al­ready chang­ing some plans. The South Carolina high school foot­ball cham­pi­onships, sched­uled for this week­end in Columbia, have been moved up to Fri­day.

In Columbia, the fore­cast calls for tem­per­a­tures in the low 40s to high 30s with an 80 per­cent chance of pre­cip­i­ta­tion Satur­day, that will rise to 100 per­cent at night, ac­cord­ing to the NWS. The heavy rain is ex­pected to con­tinue through Sun­day, when the high tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to be 38 de­grees.

Snow is not ex­pected in the Mid­lands.

An­der­son County can­celed its an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade, sched­uled for Satur­day, the county said on Facebook. An­der­son, South Carolina can ex­pect two inches of snow from the storm this week­end, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

South Carolina’s Low­coun­try and coastal ar­eas can ex­pect a lot of rain this week­end and into next week, ac­cord­ing to the Weather Ser­vice. But tem­per­a­tures pre­dicted in the 50s, also makes snow highly un­likely.

Coastal cities could see three inches or more of rain be­tween Satur­day and Tues­day, WIS-TV re­ports.

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