A powerful storm system may bring sleet and snow to Beaufort and Jasper counties today, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.
"Rain may occasionally mix with sleet or even some light snow flurries as temperatures fall into the 30s," a special weather statement from the service says.
A narrow band of snow swept across the western parts of the Midlands, leaving around 2 inches of snow in some areas of Edgefield, Saluda and Lexington counties this morning.
Sleet and snow flurries have also been reported in Summerville, Givhans, Gillsonville and Hampton, the statement says.
The National Weather Service says the Midlands beat their previous record for the earliest snow in the Columbia area by eight days.
The snow fell hard enough and fast enough to stick to trees and grass despite temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. South Carolina Electric & Gas reported a peak of 12,000 power outages as tree branches still full of leaves snapped under the snow's weight.
Snow was also reported in the Greenville and Greenwood areas.
Forecasters say the snow is already melting fast.