The upstate of SC is bracing for what could be the largest winter storm since the blizzard of 1993, which dumped nearly a foot of snow on the upstate and piled up over two feet of snow in the mountains. At the time, the weather forecasters were only predicting 3-5 inches but they were sadly incorrect. Tens of thousands of SC residences lost their electrical power and I-85 became a snowy parking lot.
This storm has the potential of being just as bad, or worse, due to the fact that sleet and freezing rain will come into play. The current forecast is for 3″-6″ of snow starting around midnight on Sunday, then switching over to sleet and freezing rain in the afternoon on Monday. The big question is; when will the snow stop and the ice begin?
Either way, expect very dangerous driving conditions all across the upstate. With possible power outages, residents are advise to have emergency heating provisions, candles, flashlights and batteries on hand.
The national weather service’s official announcement is a follows:
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am est Tuesday. Hazards…heavy snow overnight…mixed with sleet and freezing rain at times…Monday and Monday night.
Snowfall is expected develop from the southwest overnight. The snow may mix with or change to sleet late in the day on Monday…before gradually ending as a period of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle Monday night.
Accumulations…total snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches… with locally higher amounts over the higher elevations. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice may also accrue Monday night.
Temperatures…highs in the upper 20s with lows in the mid 20s during the winter storm. link