Beaufort News

Wintry weather maintains grip on area

Randy Christopher covers the seat of his forklift with a poncho Monday evening while he and others worked to renovate rooms at the Harbour Town Yacht Club. "Cold? This is a heat wave," said Christopher who lives in Ellijay, Ga.
Randy Christopher covers the seat of his forklift with a poncho Monday evening while he and others worked to renovate rooms at the Harbour Town Yacht Club. "Cold? This is a heat wave," said Christopher who lives in Ellijay, Ga. Sarah Welliver

Hazardous travel conditions in Beaufort and Jasper counties caused by freezing rain were expected to last through this morning, leading public schools in both counties to delay opening times today.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Monday afternoon, to remain in effect until 11 a.m. today.

A light coating of sleet, with less than a tenth of an inch of accumulation, was forecast for Beaufort and Jasper counties overnight through early this morning, according to Steve Rowley, a meteorologist at the weather service's Charleston office.

"Most of it will be rain, but temperatures are expected to fall between 12 and 2 a.m.," Rowley said. "Bridges and overpasses could become icy, and there could be some slick roads."

High temperatures today are expected to be in the low 40s.

Rowley said the weather service received reports Monday morning in Beaufort County of a glaze of ice on cars and trees.

This is the second day of delays for schools in the area.

Public schools in Beaufort County will open two hours later than normal for all students and staff, according to a district news release Monday afternoon.

Jasper County School District officials announced a three-hour delay in the start of school today. Classes are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and dismissal will remain at 2:40 p.m., the release said.

There were no reports of widespread power outages in Beaufort or Jasper counties Monday afternoon, and area fire officials had received no reports of weather-related incidents on county roads.

US Airways Express canceled and delayed several flights Monday at Hilton Head Island Airport because of winter weather in Charlotte, according to an airport official.

Public schools also canceled all after-school activities Monday. All state offices in the area were closed Monday, and non-essential employees at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort had delayed starting times.

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