Friday Snow Forecast for Columbia, SC and the Surrounding Area

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - At least five inches of snow is on the ground on much of the Midlands, and more is coming down.   Related link: WLTX Weather Page for Columbia, SC and the Surrounding Area 

**WINTER STORM WARNING:**  (In Effect for All Midlands Counties) 4 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.

A steady, consistent snow has been falling on a large part of the Midlands since about 3 p.m. Accumulations are already beginning to add up. As of 8:30 p.m., there were 5 inches of snow reported at the National Weather Service station at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. We have heard reports of five inches of snow in large parts of Orangeburg, Lexington  and Richland Counties. We've heard an unofficial report of five inches of snow on Rosewood Drive. Submit It! Upload Your Snow Pictures from this Snowstorm | Upload Your Video

The worst snow reports appear to be in the town of Pelion in Lexington County. We're hearing snowfall totals at 8 p.m. of 6 to 7 inches of snow, and there are similar reports in other areas.
 
Roadways in much of the viewing area are said to be impassable. Helpful Information: Winter Weather Driving Tips | Snow Emergency Numbers and Contacts 
 
The last measurable snowfall in Columbia was 0.3" on January 16, 2008.  The last time 1" or more fell in Columbia was on January 23, 2003 when 3.4" fell.
 
As temperatures fall below freezing overnight, wet roads may become icy through early Saturday.   However, conditions will rapidly improve Saturday with full sunshine and highs back in the mid 40's.  Roadways will likely return to near normal conditions by Saturday afternoon as the snow/ice melt.
 
Watches/warnings will expire before the weekend starts and conditions will rapidly improve by midday and the afternoon on Saturday.

We'll send out alerts when watches or warnings are issued. You can sign for weather texts (and other breaking news) by going to the WLTX Text Alert Page.

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