Freezing rain possible this week



Winter weather could return to the area as soon as Tuesday, but the National Weather Service says not to stock up on milk and bread just yet.

Meteorologist Tony Petrolito said there is a possibility of freezing rain late Tuesday and early Wednesday, but no winter weather watches have been issued for the area as of Sunday evening.

“We’re still uncertain on the CSRA,” Petrolito said. “Our confidence is still low.”

Two weather systems will affect the region starting Tuesday morning, Columbia County Emergency Operations Director Pam Tucker said in a statement Sunday.

The northern Midlands area of South Carolina will have the greatest chance of accumulating snow, while the central and southern Midlands, along with the northern part of the Augusta area, will have a greater potential for sleet, freezing rain and ice pellets.

Temperatures are expected to drop to near freezing Tuesday and Wednesday, which could also create icy roadways.

“There is some potential for an ice storm,” Petrolito said. “We’re keeping an eye on conditions.”


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