Much of SC is preparing for winter; here’s what to expect in the Lowcountry


CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Live 5 Weather team declared a first day weather alert on Sunday as parts of the state brace for the possibility of wintry weather on Sunday.

Most of the Lowcountry, Live 5 chief meteorologist Bill Walsh said, will see lots of rain, but said there was a small chance that light freezing rain could fall when the storm started on Sunday in areas west of I-95 or north. of Moultrie Lake, which would include the counties of Orangeburg and Williamsburg and even the upper counties of Berkeley and Dorchester.

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Based on the system’s current track as of Thursday, Walsh said that even if light freezing rain fell, it would quickly change to rain with no accumulation expected.

“Of course, a change in the path of this storm system could shift areas affected by winter weather, he said.

Sunday is expected to be very humid with temperatures starting near 40 degrees and warming into the 50s by late morning or early afternoon. There’s also a small chance of a thunderstorm, Sovine said.

It will also become windy when the storm blows and wind gusts of up to 50 mph on Sunday afternoon and evening are possible.

Midlands, Upstate warned to prepare for winter

National Weather Service forecasters predicted the possibility of a winter mix of snow, sleet and rain beginning Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the South Carolina Division of Emergency Management said. They expect sub-zero temperatures to last until early next week, especially overnight.

Drivers traveling to these parts of the state should be prepared for winter driving.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol urges motorists to check weather forecasts frequently and stay informed before and during travel, as conditions can deteriorate quickly.

Soldiers will monitor roads for dangerous road conditions during weather events and work with our partners to respond as quickly as possible.

The DCDS has published these winter safety precautions:

  • During winter storms, it is best to stay off the roads for unnecessary travel. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Check fluids, battery and tires. Make sure your phone is charged and you have extra blankets and snacks in case you are late. Dial 911 only for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Remember to keep your cell phone and mobile devices fully charged so they can be used in an emergency.
  • If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have other safe ways to stay warm.
  • Monitor local media for information on heated shelters opened by local organizations.
  • Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes without proper heating or insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.
  • Keep alternate heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good amount of dry, dry wood. Keep fire extinguishers handy and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from indoor charcoal fumes.
  • Never run a portable generator indoors.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand for use with NOAA Audible Alert Flashlights and Weather Radios.
  • Provide options for pets and outdoor pets to stay warm and have access to food and water.
  • Check in on anyone who might need extra help during the winter.

The official South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide has checklists and tips on how to prepare for a winter storm.

DCDS Director Kim Stenson coordinates with all county emergency managers to ensure there are no unmet needs for winter storm response resources.

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