Snow is mixing with freezing rain in York, Chester and Lancaster counties as the region turns into a winter wonderland.
By 4:30 p.m. parts of York County have as much as 5 inches of snow on the ground, said Scott Krentz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Here's a look at the latest snowfall totals, as of 4:30 p.m.
York County: 4-5
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Rock Hill: 4
Fort Mill: 5-6
Lake Wylie 5-6
Tega Cay: 5-6
Chester County: 3-5
Chester 4 inches
Lancaster County: 5-6
Totals in inches
The snow's not going anywhere any time soon, although icy conditions will make for bad road conditions.
"It's going to be more like a freezing drizzle overnight," Krentz said. "The main problem is freezing rain and drizzle putting a glaze on things. It’ll be pretty – and pretty dangerous."
Officials urge drivers to stay off the roads. Snow on the roads is being packed down mostly by vehicles, and not many plows have made passes on secondary roads.
"We've seen somewhere between 3 to 4 inches of snow," Chester County Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy said. "For the better part, everyone is staying off the roadways. Expect the essential vehicles."
In Lancaster County, emergency service crews have been out helping drives in slippery situations.
Snow has blanketed the rural county and is starting to mix with sleet this afternoon, making driving tough. Vehicles have been sliding off roads. A DOT truck overturned on S.C. 521 and blocked the northbound lane for a while this morning, said Darren Player, Deputy Director of Emergency Management and Fire Services.
“We’re busy, that’s for sure,” Player said.
Power outages haven’t been a problem so far.
As of 1:15 p.m. Duke Power, which serves the northern part of the county, was reporting just one outage.
But the freezing rain expected to fall this evening could leave more residents in the dark.
“Freezing rain is the thing that will give us the worst trouble, because that’s when the power goes out,” Player said.
All four York County school districts, as well as Chester County, canceled school Monday.
The make-up date for the Rock Hill school district will be next Monday, Jan. 17, as designated on the district's master calendar.
Fort Mill schools will make up the day by having a full day of classes on Thursday and a half-day on Friday the district's website says. Other make-up days have not been announced.
Westminster Catawba Christian School and York Preparatory Academy, as well as Winthrop University, York Technical College and USC-Lancaster will be closed today.