Winter weather moves across South Carolina, some light snow possible locally
The following is an update on winter weather in South Carolina as of 10:30 a.m.
SC Emergency Management: Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) – Residents should continue to monitor winter weather conditions and take safety precautions as winter weather affects much of the state. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict snow and freezing rain in the Upstate and portions of the Midlands throughout today and into this evening. Residents should avoid driving on snow-covered roads.
The S.C. Emergency Management Division is monitoring conditions throughout the state in coordination with the S.C. Department of Public Safety, the state Dept. of Transportation, partner state agencies and local emergency managers.
As of 10 a.m., there are school closings and/or delays in 25 South Carolina counties for Wednesday. State and county government offices in 15 counties are operating on inclement weather schedules today (via scemd.org/closings).
Residents should monitor local media and scemd.org for any updates to the state’s status while keeping in mind these safety tips:
· If local and state public safety officials ask you to take safety precautions, do so immediately.
· Avoid travel in affected areas. Check local road conditions by calling 511 or visiting scdot.org. If you must travel, be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
· Check on anyone who may need extra help during winter weather.
· Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies only.
· Remember to keep a full charge on your cell phone and mobile devices so that they can be used during an emergency.
· Power outages are expected to be minimal but possible with this storm. If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate, safe means of staying warm.
· Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
· Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
· Never operate a portable generator indoors.
· Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and NOAA tone-alert weather radios.
· Provide some options for outdoor pets and domestic animals to stay warm.
· The official South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide is available for download at www.scemd.org
Motorists should watch for slow moving SCDOT equipment performing anti-icing and deicing operations. Please use extreme caution when traveling in winter weather conditions. Reduce speed and watch for icy conditions.
In District 7, which includes Barnwell and Allendale counties, District 7 began shift work 12:00 am. Aiken, Calhoun, Orangeburg and Holly Hill crews are currently pre-treating bridges and overpasses on the interstates. All other counties’ roads are dry and their crews are on standby. All roads in the district are in good condition. Temperatures in the district are ranging from 36 to 43 degrees.