COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A winter storm warning will go into effect at 7 p.m. for all Midlands counties until noon Thursday.
A winter weather advisory is currently in effect for Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry and Saluda counties until 7pm. That is where we expect snow/sleet to begin first due to a better supply of cold air on Tuesday.
The central Midlands will see rain for the most part Tuesday mixing in with sleet by the afternoon/evening as temperatures begin to drop slowly near freezing.
This is the first round.
We expect the change over to freezing rain There may be a lull in precipitaion before picking back up in the early morning hours of Wednesday as freezing rain.
We expect ice accumulations in the central Midlands to be 0.50"-1.00" through Thursday. It isn't out of the question for some areas to see more than one-inch of ice.
This should increase the threat for power outages in these areas. Travel is not recommended if at all possible in this scenerio.
The system should begin to lift northeastward on Thursday morning.
We could see refreezing of any melting on Friday morning.
Be sure to have all of your electronics charged.
We will be here in the SkyWACH Weather Center throughout the duration of this event on-air, online, and on the WACH Fox Mobile App.
Here are some helpful links.Go ahead and get things in order today. It's never to early to prepare.Download the WACH Fox mobile App to receive instant updates about the weather.Link for iOS download.Link for Android download.
Closings and Delays page.Also, stay connected with WACH Fox and the SkyWACH Weather Team online and on-the-go with the following options during the storm:
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