Winter weather chance this weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- Winter weather is developing in the western United States, and the SkyWACH Weather Team is observing the system as it makes its way toward South Carolina over the next 36 to 48 hours.

"The current track of the storm is a classic set-up for winter type weather over our state. However, the timing of cold air to our north making its way south and the track of the storm itself, will be the key to just about everything with the forecast," says SkyWACH Weather Anchor Tim Miller.

"Here is what we know this morning: the system will spread rain across the state by late Friday afternoon, by evening rain in the upstate could be mixed with sleet and turn to freezing rain. Some parts of the upstate could see a inch of ice when everything is said and done late Saturday," says Miller.

Across the Midlands we could see areas of freezing rain and sleet, especially north of I-20. The SkyWACH Weather Team predicts that if wintry precipitation takes place, it will take place between 3 AM and 11 AM Saturday. The best potential for ice accumulations would be Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee and Chester counties. Roads, bridges and secondary streets could be effected by just a thin layer of ice.

"The most important thing we can say this Thursday morning is that the forecast is a work in progress, meaning as we move forward today well have a better handle on the chance for any wintry precipitation with this system. There are just too many variables at this point to be completely accurate with forecasting this storm," says Miller.

The SkyWACH Weather Team have continuing updates here at, and SkyWACH Weather Anchor Justin Kier will have more tonight on the WACH FOX Report at 7:30 PM and WACH FOX News at Ten.