Winter Storm Warning for Columbia, SC and the Midlands

12:50 AM, Jan 10, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A winter storm warning is now in effect  from for the Midlands. It began at 12:00 AM Monday.

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Snow began moving into parts of the Midlands before midnight, and more is expected over the next several hours.

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The northern Midlands, Newberry and Fairfield counties, may see 4" to 6" inches of snow.  The central Midlands, which includes Saluda, Lexington, Richland, Kershaw and Aiken counties, may pick up anywhere from 2" to 4" inches of snow.  Related Coverage: City of Columbia Ready for Winter Weather

The southern and eastern Midlands, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties, may see an inch of snow and an additional accumulation of sleet. 

Any snow should change to a mix of rain/freezing rain/sleet during the morning hours as slightly warmer air moves in aloft.  Temperatures at the surface may remain at or near freezing, and this could lead to freezing rain. Areas could see as much as a quarter to a half inch of ice. The wintry mix is likely to last all of Monday and into the morning hours of Tuesday.

There should be enough accumulation of snow, sleet and freezing rain to make travel very difficult throughout the Midlands and there also could be power outages due to the ice accumulations.

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