Lowcountry braces for winter storm

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has asked residents to prepare themselves and their homes for a dangerous developing winter weather situation. Forecasts have grown progressively worse throughout Monday. According to the National Weather Service, an ice storm warning is in effect for the Lowcountry beginning early Tuesday. The warning will remain in effect at least through Wednesday at 5 p.m. Rain is expected in the area Monday night; that rain could turn into an ice storm Tuesday. A wintry mix of rain, ice and snow is expected Tuesday, with a forecast for snow on Wednesday. The National Weather Service says the forecast for this week calls for snow and ice accumulations with freezing temperatures lasting through Thursday morning. Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst and dangerous driving conditions. Information regarding the closing and/or delayed openings of state government offices is listed by county on SCEMD’s site, scemd.org/closings. State and local agencies are putting emergency plans in place for this winter weather event and urge everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe. As the weather worsens, officials have cautioned residents not to travel unless necessary. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Bring pets/companion animals inside during freezing weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. The public is encouraged to follow updates from @SCEMD on Twitter, Facebook and at www.scemd.org. • The S.C. Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with other state and local agencies, is urging motorists to stay off the roadways as much as possible during inclement weather. Early weather predictions are for the heaviest impact to be in the Midlands and the coastal areas with the possibility of freezing precipitation and snow, which could present dangerous black ice conditions. During winter weather emergencies, SCDPS will work in conjunction with State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and other state agencies including the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others, sharing resources such as four-wheel drive vehicles and personnel. “We are actively planning to pre-position DPS law enforcement officers and equipment in those areas of the state that may be adversely affected by hazardous weather and have begun disseminating safety information to motorists,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. During hazardous weather, SCDPS urges motorists to try to limit use of *HP to true emergencies such as reporting collisions or being stranded in a vehicle. • A host of cancellations were expected for both Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the area. CARTA announced it will be suspending all services beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Due to severe weather causing extreme conditions for Lowcountry roadways. Pending an evaluation of conditions on Wednesday, CARTA will look to resume service after 12 p.m. if weather conditions improve. For more information, contact CARTA customer service at (843) 724-7420.


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