Winter weather hits Barnwell County; Schools closed Thursday
Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell on Barnwell County Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
Most parts of Barnwell County received less than an inch of snow -- even though reports called for as much as 4 inches -- but the major problem was the sleet and freezing rain that made driving hazardous and had people scraping ice off of their car windshields Wednesday morning. No major accidents in the county have been reported so far.
There were scattered reports of power outages Tuesday night.
No more nasty weather is expected in the coming days for the county. High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid-30s with lows possibly dipping below 20 degrees. The forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the 50s this weekend. Officals still call for caution due to "black ice" as melting snow refreezes.
All of the county's schools, public and private, were closed Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of the nasty weather.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon that all public schools in the county will be closed Thursday as well. The People-Sentinel has also confirmed that Barnwell Academy and Jefferson Davis Academy will remain closed on Thursday.
Several businesses and government offices were closed Wednesday also.