Chief Meteorologist John Farley’s Thoughts on Winter Weather Track

Here’s my latest thinking on the storm that starts late tonight and ends on Saturday. Late tonight and into tomorrow morning the precipitation will start.

Friday morning into Friday night.

1) Starting in Columbia (and south of the Teal Green line), although we’ll likely see some freezing rain mixed in for a few hour early on Friday, the impacts should be minimal as the majority of it will be rain.

2) North of the Teal Green line and South of the Red Line (including parts of Saluda, Newberry, Kershaw, and Lee Counties): The freezing rain will linger for several hours. This will likely cause at least some impacts on the roads on Friday morning. Then by afternoon, it will slowly change to rain.

3) North of the Red Line. Be prepared for a significant Ice Storm. This happens when the rain falls into cold air and freezes where it lands. Accumulating ice will cause limbs and power lines to come down and will have significant impacts on the roads.

Late Friday night into Saturday morning. As the storm tracks up the east coast, we’ll be getting cold air pushing down from the northwest. At that time. We will likely have snow showers for all of us. I don’t expect any appreciable accumulations as there won’t be a lot of moisture to work with. As the temperatures warm on Saturday, these snow showers will turn to rain showers and finally wind down in the afternoon.

In these situations, people always ask, “Can this forecast change?” And the answer is yes it certainly can. This storm is still forming several hundred miles away and slight changes there can mean big changes here. As the storm gets closer, we’ll have more information on its track, intensity, and the amount of cold air that we’ll have in place. So please stay tuned this afternoon, evening, and overnight. I will continue to track this storm and have an updates for you. Be safe!Winter Weather 1

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