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Winter Weather In A Very Unlikely Place… The South Carolina Coast

When we think about the South Carolina coast, rarely does winter weather come to mind.  Usually, thoughts drift to the great architecture and culinary delights of Charleston, or Spanish Moss hanging from the gorgeous live oaks on Hilton Head Island or Beaufort.  But overnight into the early hours of Friday morning, these same areas may be playing host to a rare bit of winter weather.  Winter Weather Advisories are up for the Low Country, and include Georgetown, Charleston, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort.  Most of the advisories are in effect until 9 am eastern Friday morning.

It has been raining most of Thursday in south Georgia, and northern Florida.  But overnight, this rain is expected to move north and east into South Carolina.  Temperatures will drop below freezing.  As moisture moves into this colder air, light freezing rain and freezing drizzle are expected to develop.  A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.  Be prepared for slippery roads.  Bridges and overpasses will be particularly susceptible to icing.  Slow down and use caution while driving.  It is almost impossible to see black ice on roadways, especially at night.  You can get the latest road conditions for South Carolina by calling 5-1-1.

The ice will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots,  porches, patios, and decks.  Please use extra caution when taking those first steps outside Friday morning.  Slip and falls result in broken bones, and nobody wants to ring in the New Year in a cast.  Total ice accumulations will range from a trace to a few hundredths of an inch.  Power outages are not expected.  Conditions will be the worst between 11pm Thursday night and 9am Friday morning.  This will include the morning commute on Friday.  Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston Counties are all included in the advisory area.

By 1 AM eastern on Friday, forecast models have rain running up the South Carolina coast.

By 7 AM eastern, there could still be some freezing rain and freezing drizzle lingering along the coast.

By 10 AM, the moisture should be well off the coast, and the event will be over, with the exception of any ice still on the ground.

For WeatherNation:  Meteorologist Matt Monroe

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