Wintry weather headed for the Midlands

Snow totals depend on the track of the low pressure off the coast.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A winter event is shaping up for the Midlands on Tuesday into Wednesday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Tuesday at 11am - 9am Wednesday for most of the Midlands. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from noon Tuesday until 6pm Wednesday for the Pee Dee and Grand Strand.

It appears now that an area of low pressure will form along a stalled front off the South Carolina coast on Tuesday.

The track of the low will depend on how much wintry precipitation we will see.

The way it looks now, pretty much everyone in the Midlands has a chance of seeing "something." The timeframe is Tuesday afternoon/evening into Wednesday morning.

An arctic front will pass by Monday, giving us the cold air needed. When the moisture arrives, we expect it to fall as a wintry mix before temperatures fall below freezing.

Tuesday night we expect mostly snow for the central Midlands.

Our forecast snow accumulations for the central Midlands is 2-4 inches. These could change as we get more model data.

Freezing rain/sleet/snow is expected in the eastern Midlands thanks to some "warmer" air aloft, before seeing some snow overnight. That mix could cut down on the snow totals for the eastern Midlands. However, the precipitation could cool the atmosphere in the eastern Midlands and allow for more snow.

It should be noted that some forecast models have more snow, and some have less.

The freezing rain/sleet should cause travel troubles, especially in the eastern Midlands. Now is the time to review your winter weather preparedness plan.

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