Schools in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover and York are closed today because of overnight sleet and freezing rain in the area. On a two-hour delay: Winthrop University, York Technical College, the York County Board of Disabilities and Lancaster County schools.
Emergency officials in York and Chester counties reported no accidents as a result of the season’s first winter storm.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for York and Chester counties.
At 6 a.m., roads in the area generally were reported to be wet, despite below-freezing temperatures and the wintry precipitation. Warm weather in recent days, combined with treatment by city and state road crews, is credited with keeping ice off the streets so far. Temperatures are hovering in the upper 20s in most places this morning.
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Precipitation so far this morning has been light, and forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Greer say the latest computer models indicate the amount of sleet and freezing rain expected today will be lighter than had been predicted Wednesday.
“Actually, the heaviest precipitation we’ve seen so far has been in the Charlotte area,” said Pat Moore, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.
“So far, it has been mostly sleet, although we’re seeing freezing rain around Rock Hill,” Moore added.
Forecasters say they expect the snow and sleet to change mostly to sleet across the Charlotte metro region around daybreak, then eventually change to freezing rain later this morning. Temperatures are forecast to climb slowly to near freezing about midday, and conditions could improve by then.
“Temperatures will really have to struggle to reach freezing today,” Moore said. “There actually won’t be much change from this morning.” Computer models indicate the heaviest precipitation will fall about midday or early this afternoon in the Charlotte area.
If all this isn’t enough, forecasters say a second winter storm is looming for late this weekend. They say a mix of wintry precipitation types could arrive Sunday morning and continue into Monday morning.