US weather: South Carolina enters state of emergency as 9.5in snowfall coats areas

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US weather: South Carolina enters state of emergency as 9.5in snowfall coats areas

On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, 74, issued an executive order around 6 PM and made the announcement. Mr McMaster, who has ser

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On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, 74, issued an executive order around 6 PM and made the announcement. Mr McMaster, who has served as the 117th governor of South Carolina since 2017, has urged all residents to monitor local weather updates as well as abide by safety precautions as the storm sweeps through the state.

He tweeted to his 74.3 thousand followers: “South Carolina is expected to experience winter storm weather again this week.

“Those in potentially impacted areas should begin safety preparations now.

“Please check your local forecasts and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary once the storm begins.”

By triggering the state of emergency, all government resources will become fully available as a response to the storm.

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The NWS has forecasted certain areas in the state could see ice accumulations between 0.20 to 0.40 inches.

The NWS advises residents to stay off the roads for unnecessary travel during the storm but if travel is necessary to ensure the vehicle is in good condition.

Residents are also urged to monitor local media for information about warming shelters opened by local organisations and keep alternative heating sources prepared.

People are advised to check up on vulnerable neighbours and anyone who may need extra help during the icy weather.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Danielle Knittle revealed Travellers Rest saw a heavy snowfall dusting the ground with 9.5 inches of flakes, while Kings Creek saw 8 inches.

Boiling Springs and Mayo saw roughly 6 inches of snowfall.

She told Express.co.uk: “There is the potential for more frozen precipitation at the end of the week with a tricky storm system, but at this point, it looks like north-central and northwest parts of the state could see 1-3 inches of snow while much of the rest of the state can see sleet and freezing rain or a change from rain to sleet/freezing rain late Thursday night into Friday evening. 

Temperatures on Thursday are expected to start at the upper 40s (4C) and rise to the upper 60s (15C), but Friday will have a much chillier star and residents will experience 30s (-1C) across most of the state with lows Friday night in the 20s (-6C), the meteorologist explained.

Ms Knittle continued: “Next week doesn’t look quite as cold, but temperatures will be near or a bit below average with a couple opportunities to see rain with those chances coming on Tuesday and Thursday.”

 



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