Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Entire Midlands Due to Ice on Roads

Sheri Evans
January 20, 2018

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Edgefield, Columbia, McCormick, Newberry, Fairfield, Saluda and Lee counties from 2 a.m.to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Unless that outlier scenario materializes, the weather service does not anticipate the need to issue winter weather advisories for the area.

"Snow covered roads and reduced visibilities are expected during this time", the weather service said.

Snow blanketed the Chicago area Monday, making roads a mess for the morning commute.

A general 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected in the advisory area. Snow totals for most of us along and south of Interstate 20 of a dusting to half an inch look on track with some amounts just over an inch north of Highway 16. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 miles per hour after midnight. At about 9 a.m., snow became less widespread, but snow will continue to fall on and off through the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the lows 20s and teens Wednesday morning with the wind chill near or below zero.

An elevated cold risk for the Chicago area was expected to remain in effect until Thursday, the weather service said.

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Forecasters in north and central Alabama are concerned the first of the snow could melt on warmer roadways, then refreeze, making travel especially hazardous and reminiscent of 2014's so-called "Snowpocalypse" that stranded thousands on roads overnight.

The forecast for Clayton County calls for rain likely before 8 p.m., turning to snow before midnight.

The high on Tuesday is expected to be around 34 degrees.

"Any snow will end by sunrise Wednesday morning", King said. There is a 20 percent chance of light snow.

Wind chills could fall into the teens overnight.

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