Snow might soon be returning to large portions of the Palmetto State, the National Weather Service reports.
From Clemson to Greenville to Columbia, a possibility of snow is forecast in the midlands and the northwestern part of the state for Tuesday night, where chances will range from 20 to 30 percent.
“There won’t be much moisture with that front, but it will be coming in ahead of a cold front,” said Carl Barnes, meteorologist with the weather service in Charleston.
Meanwhile, the worst the Lowcountry should expect, according to the forecast from the weather service in Charleston, is partly or mostly cloudy skies through Saturday, though we might see some very light rain Wednesday afternoon from the same system threatening the upstate and midlands regions, according to Barnes.
But if so much of the rest of the state might see snow ahead, why isn’t it threatening the Lowcountry?
“In the upstate and midlands area the front is going to come through quicker, during the colder part of the day, when it will be cold enough to see some freezing precipitation,” said Barnes. “It just comes down to the timing. Here, with the front coming through in the afternoon, it should be too warm.”
Even if snow and ice aren’t a concern over the next several days, winter will still make its presence known in the form of frigid temperatures.
Sunday and Monday nights are expected to see lows of 31 and 29 respectively, and after a brief jaunt above freezing on Tuesday with a low of 34, Wednesday night will bring a predicted low of 24 to the area.
Barnes said that average high temperatures for this time of year in the Lowcountry are around 60 degrees, and that it was unusual for us to kick off 2018 with such a prolonged period of intense cold. Temperatures dipping below freezing occasionally, though, is not unusual.
As the work week comes to an end on Friday, expected lows will be back up around 40.