FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Based on winter weather reports that are predicting snow and ice, all Fairfield County schools and administrative offices will be closed Jan. 28.
Fairfield County School District superintendent J.R. Green told The Herald Independent his administration considered options ranging from cancellations to early dismissals. He said after conferencing with other superintendents and their actions regarding the winter weather advisory, FCSD would close.
The best source to receive updated information regarding Fairfield County schools is to go online and visit their homepage www.fairfield.k12.sc.us.
At press time, Richard Winn Academy had not made a decision regarding the winter weather advisory. Head Master Nancy Coleman said parents would be informed about any schedule changes via an automated call system.
Due to the winter storm warning, Fairfield County deputy county administrator Davis Anderson told The Herald Independent county offices would most likely follow suit with the school district. Anderson said administration met with county administrator Milton Pope on Monday afternoon to discuss county plans regarding the anticipated winter storm scheduled to hit Fairfield County at 11 a.m. Jan. 28.
“It all depends on what the forecast is going to look like at 8 a.m. Tuesday,” Anderson noted.
He encouraged county employees to call 803-815-9675 for updates on closings, delays or early releases.
The S.C. Legislature will not meet this week due to the predicted winter weather for the Midlands area.
Originally tabbed as a winter storm watch, the National Weather Service changed it to a winter storm warning at 2 p.m. Monday, indicating Fairfield County will most likely be hit with a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain on Tuesday. The warning was issued from 11 a.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The latest estimates are 2-4 inches of snow and up to a 1/2-inch of ice. Winds could reach 10 to 15 mph, with gusts of up to 20 mph.
Temperatures will drop Tuesday afternoon after being in the lower 30s, and will be in the 30s by Wednesday afternoon. Lows will be in the teens overnight Wednesday/early Thursday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of light snow starting around daybreak Tuesday. There’s nearly equal chance of rain or sleet through daytime, with the precipitation likely to turn completely to snow after 9 p.m. Accumulations, according to the noon forecast, are likely to be around three inches in the central Midlands.
The ice accumulations, according to the National Weather Service, could be between 1/10th and one-quarter of an inch. On the high end of that scale, the ice would be enough to snap some tree branches, which often leads to power outages.
The icing period during the storm is likely to be at the front end Tuesday afternoon, which could mean power outages just as the snowy portion of the system arrives.
SCE&G winter storm tips
• Always assume any downed power line you see is live and stay away.
• Should the power go out while you are cooking dinner, remember to turn off the stove and remove any cookware from the cooking surface and oven.
• It’s sometimes hard to resist the urge to supplement a heating system lost during an outage, but household items such as cooking stoves or ovens and outdoor grills should never be used for heat. If you use a fireplace for heat, be sure to extinguish any flames before going to bed.
• Supplemental heaters and generators designed for home use should be used with extreme caution, paying close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions.
To report a power outage, call 1-888-333-4465. You can also report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting www.sceg.com/mobile and clicking on storm center. SCE&G’s storm center, www.sceg.com/storm provides information and links to help customers prepare for and deal with inclement weather and related power outages.
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