Don't plan a picnic today.
Today's forecast for York and Chester counties looks anything but pleasant, with a winter storm expected to drop snow early, then produce sleet and freezing rain as the day progresses. Total overnight accumulation was expected to be around 1 to 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the area until 7 p.m., said Blair Holloway, a meteorologist with weather service. The slush should begin to taper off tonight, with the system moving out of the area by early Friday.
Friday's weather should be dry with a high temperature of 50 degrees, Holloway said. The evening lows should be around freezing that night.
Emergency management officials in York and Chester counties have been monitoring the storm and updating county offices about the latest weather forecast.
With plans already in place, all they have to do is wait.
"We don't have any indication that we're looking at anything more than just some slush in the morning turning to rain," said Cotton Howell, director of the county's Emergency Operations Center. "Should that change, we have the people and procedures and equipment in place to manage it ... depending on what mother nature throws at us."
"We have to stay ready 24-7, 365 days a year," Chester County Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy said. "It's just a ready-to-go type thing."
If bad weather hits, parents of children in all four York County districts will receive a phone call from their school district as soon as a decision is made about whether school is delayed or canceled.
At Chester schools, parents can call the district office for updates at (803) 385-6122.
Parents also can find information by checking local TV and radio stations, or through the following sources:
• Clover: www.clover.k12.sc.us
• Fort Mill: www.fort-mill.k12.sc.us or call 548-8695
• Rock Hill: www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us or call 366-INFO
• York: www.york.k12.sc.us
• Chester: www.chester.k12.sc.us
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