By Lucas Vance email@example.com
February 11, 2014
FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency in South Carolina at 12 p.m. today (Feb. 11).
Fairfield County offices are closed today because of the weather, for the most up to date information call the county weather hotline at 803-815-WORK (9675) to find out if county offices will be open tomorrow.
All county emergency personnel inlcuding road maintenance will need to report to their superior.
The South Carolina Emergency Division is now on Operating Condition 3 (Op Con 3), will be operating 24 hours a day as long at the winter storm remains in effect.
The Department of Social Services and the state health department are working on preparing shelters, and the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard are on standby ready to assist.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. this evening and a winter storm warning remains in effect from 7 p.m. this evening until 12 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13).
Winter weather includes snow and sleet with dangerous accumulations of ice from freezing rain. Accumulations of total snow and sleet is expected to reach up to 2 to 5 inches, along with around half an inch of ice.
The winter storm is anticipated to have a high impact impact on the roadways, including dangerous travel conditions. There is a potential for significant ice accumulations on trees, limbs and power lines. There is a possibility of numerous power outages that might develop. Some of these outages might be lengthy.
Northeast winds are expected to be from 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.Temperatures will drop into the lower 30’s
The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) reports that the winter storm has begun to snow and sleet in the northern midlands to the upstate throughout the morning and afternoon. Pavement temperatures have remained above freezing and there has been no accumulation on the pavement thus far.
Precipitation is expected to taper off today and then get heavier tonight and tomorrow. SCDOT forces will be working on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials. Sixteen crews have been deployed from the low country to the upstate to assist with snow removal operations. Statewide, roadways are still in good shape.
Temperatures in District Five are ranging between 33 and 46 degrees. Pavement temperatures are being monitored and anti-icing operations will begin as pavement temperatures warrant.
A winter storm warning means snow, sleet or freezing rain meeting warning criteria is likely. Warning criteria is at least 2 inches of snow or sleet, or at least 1/4 of an inch of freezing rain.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
If you encounter downed power lines, do not touch the lines because you could be electrocuted. Report downed power lines to law enforcement or the power company. Prepare to remain in a safe shelter without electricity for many hours. Obtain vital supplies such as bottled water, non-perishable food such as canned foods, as well medicine, batteries, flashlights and a battery powered radio.