Road conditions improve; more rain predicted

Roads conditions improved this afternoon after a morning storm that dropped as much as four inches of snow closed area schools and disrupted business and government in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

However, more rain is predicted for tonight and emergency officials remained concerned over slick roads.

Decisions about potential school closings or a late start for Friday classes at area school districts have not yet been made.

The latest National Weather Service forecast for Rock Hill shows rain mainly between 10 p.m. tonight and 4 a.m. Friday morning, with fog before 1 a.m. A low of 33 degrees is forecast for Rock Hill, with between a tenth and quarter of an inch of rain possible.

Friday afternoon temperatures are expected to reach 47 degrees, and no other rain or winter precipitation is in the forecast through early next week.No power outages in York County were reported today, York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell said.

Sleet this morning, then rain after temperatures rose above freezing after noon, washed away much of the snow on roads.

Main roads by mid afternoon today were mainly wet and improving, said John Gates, S.C. Department of Transportation safety officer. Sanding and salting will continue tonight and Friday because temperatures are expected to fall below freezing, Gates said.

Snow began to fall about 5:15 a.m. today, with about three inches in parts of York County and more than four inches in parts of Chester County, officials said. Slick roads forced troopers to respond to more than a hundred calls for service in the three counties, mainly for vehicles that slid off the road or for minor collisions.

No serious injuries were reported, said Lance Cpl. Bryan McDougald.

Duke Power reported some outages in Lancaster County, but Duke officials attributed those outages to vehicles hitting power poles.

In York County a stretch of Mount Gallant Road from Celanese Road to India Hook Road reopened before noon, after it was temporarily closed when a car skidded near a fire truck responding to a medical call, said Lyn Garris, spokesperson for the city.

Rock Hill Fire Chief Mike Blackmon advised that Twin Lakes Road was also very slick and should be avoided, Garris said.

Rock Hill garbage collection slated for today was rescheduled for Friday. The city reported no power outages.

Alexander Love Highway in York, the bypass around the city, reopened late this morning after being closed earlier after several wrecks. S.C. 5 between York and Rock Hill also had several wrecks early in the day, police said.

A winter storm warning for today is still in effect.

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