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Local Weather Alert

February 10, 2014

FAIRFIELD COUTNY — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Fairfield County from 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 11) until 10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 13).


A winter storm watch remains in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning.


There will be hazard types of snow and sleet with dangerous accumulations of ice from freezing rain.


Accumulations of snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the area north of Columbia. Additionally, dangerous ice accumulations of 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch possible throughout central South Carolina.


There is a chance of mixed rain sleet and snow from Columbia northward late tonight (Monday Feb. 10). A mix of rain sleet and snow is likely from Columbia northward Tuesday. A change to mainly freezing rain will likely occur from Columbia northward Tuesday night. A changeover to freezing rain will likely occur from north to south over the rest of central South Carolina Tuesday night and Wednesday.


The latest information shows the change to freezing rain will likely occur in the Columbia and Sumter areas Tuesday evening. The changeover will likely occur late Tuesday night or Wednesday in the area south of Columbia. The wintry precipitation will likely end from southwest to northeast Thursday.


The weather impact might be very dangerous on travel conditions and lengthy power interruptions might occur.


Winds will blow northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts near 20 mph.


Temperatures will fall into the lower to middle 30’s from Columbia northward tonight. Temperatures will fall into the middle 30’s to around 40 south of Columbia tonight. Temperatures will be in the lower and middle 30’s from Columbia northward Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s Tuesday night through Thursday morning.


Precautionary/preparedness actions


A winter storm watch means there is a potential of snow, sleet or freezing rain meeting warning criteria. Warning criteria is at least 2 inches of snow or sleet, or at least 1/4 of an inch of freezing rain. Very dangerous travel conditions will likely occur, there might also be lengthy power interruptions.


Other local counties predicted to be impacted include Lancaster, Chesterfield, Newberry, Kershaw, Saluda, Lexington, Richland, Aiken, Sumter, Orangeburg, and Calhoun.