Winter Storm Warning in Central South Carolina

This alert expired on January 29, 2014 at 9:00:00 AM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Aiken; Bamberg; Barnwell; Calhoun; Chesterfield; Clarendon; Kershaw; Lee; Lexington; Orangeburg; Richland; Sumter

Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:25:00 AM EST

Winter weather will continue to slowly move eastward and out of the area later on this morning.

Arctic high pressure has directed cold air into Central South Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia.

Periods of light to moderate snowfall will continue through the early morning across the eastern half of the forecast area. The precipitation has just about ended across the West, with only light amounts or flurries expected into the morning.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9 am EST this morning.

  • Locations: central and eastern South Carolina and the southern Savannah River Area of Georgia.
  • Hazard types: snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of up to 1 inch, along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice.
  • Timing: precipitation will move east of the area later on this morning.
  • Impacts: there will be very dangerous travel conditions. There may be lengthy power interruptions. Hazardous travel conditions may persist into Thursday as very cold temperatures will continue.
  • Winds: North 5 to 10 mph.
  • Temperatures: in the mid 20s this morning, climbing to near freezing later this afternoon.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow. Sleet, and ice are expected. Only travel if it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel you may want to consider the following safety tips. Plan plenty of extra time. Drive slowly and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Brake gently and avoid making sudden turns. Bring the following with you in case you get stranded, food and water. Blanket, windshield scrapper and brush, and first aid kit. Let someone else know when you will travel and what routes you will take.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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