Get ready to bundle up this weekend. Winter weather is coming to the Lowcountry, bringing the first hard freeze of the season, and we could even see some flurries.
“A good-sized storm system should come in (to the Beaufort County area) Friday afternoon through Saturday evening that will bring some precipitation,” Charleston-based National Weather Service meteorologist Carl Barnes said. “On the back side of that, we’re going to see some cold air settle in from Sunday to Monday.”
The blast of arctic air is expected to deliver snow and slippery conditions along a 1,000 mile stretch in the South, according to AccuWeather.
The storm should bring “very cold rain” to the southern reaches of South Carolina from Friday afternoon into Saturday with temperatures likely in the 40s before the dry, colder air moves in early Sunday, according to Barnes.
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“It will be too warm for snow, sleet or freezing rain during the day Saturday, but late Saturday night we have some small potential for wintry precipitation, maybe even snow flurries,” Barnes said. “But if we see any kind of snow, it’ll just be flurries, no accumulation.”
If you’re dying to see some snow this weekend, chances are much higher for it in the Midlands and Upstate, according to the National Weather service. There’s a 70 percent chance of snow in Columbia on Saturday.
“The chances increase north of Atlanta, where they’re calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow on Saturday,” Barnes said. “But if you’re planning on traveling Saturday, pay attention to the weather and be very careful. We could see black ice on the roads starting Saturday night.”
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing for the potential winter storm. SCDOT crews in all 46 counties are preparing snow and ice removal equipment. Crews in the Upstate counties will begin pretreating interstates and major routes with a salt mixture beginning Thursday. Crews in the Midlands and Pee Dee counties will begin preparing the roads Friday.
Barnes said the storm system will bring the first hard freeze of the season in the Lowcountry, with low temperatures in the 20s from Sunday night to Monday.
It will be dry and cold from Sunday to Monday. Especially if you’re more inland in places like Sun City or Bluffton, we’re looking at wind chill temperatures in the lower teens.
Meteorologist Carl Barnes
“It will be dry and cold from Sunday to Monday,” Barnes said. “Especially if you’re more inland in places like Sun City or Bluffton, we’re looking at wind chill temperatures in the lower teens.”
He said the time to start preparing is now.
“Be sure to check to make sure your pipes are insulated. Bring your pets inside, and check on your older neighbors who might not be prepared for the cold,” Barnes said.
Temperatures should start getting back to normal after Monday with highs in the 60s next week.