‘Several accidents already’: Winter storm closes schools, brings ice to York, Chester

Freezing rain, sleet pelt York County, leaving slick streets and icy trees

Freezing rain and sleet showered York County Saturday night and Sunday morning, leaving slick streets and layers of ice on trees and sidewalks.
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Freezing rain and sleet showered York County Saturday night and Sunday morning, leaving slick streets and layers of ice on trees and sidewalks.

A winter storm brought freezing rain Sunday morning to the Rock Hill area and light snow to parts of York County.

All York County school districts canceled Monday classes. All after school activities are also canceled.

The Chester County and Lancaster County school districts will open on a two-hour delay Monday.

York Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Rock Hill, is closed Monday, according to school leaders. After school activities are also canceled.

Riverwalk Academy in Rock Hill is also closed Monday.

Rock Hill city parks, recreation centers and trails are closed due to weather.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Saturday evening through mid-Monday for much of the upstate, including York County.

Freezing rain and ice Sunday could cause power outages and downed trees, forecasters say.

Emergency officials warn residents to stay off roads if possible.

“There have been several accidents already,” Chuck Haynes, director of York County Emergency Management, said Sunday morning.

Haynes said the accidents are mainly the result of drivers sliding off roads throughout the county due to ice.

Some snow fell early Sunday morning in parts of northern York County before turning to rain and freezing rain.

Some York County residents took advantage of the dusting to sled down local hills.

York Electric reported a few scattered outages Sunday morning, affecting about 220 members.

As of noon Sunday, Duke Energy reported 70,000 outages in South Carolina and 170,000 in North Carolina. Duke restored power to 80,000 customers between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Duke Energy customers should report outages by texting OUT to 57801 or calling 800-769-3766. Updates are available at dukeenergyupdates.com.

Earlier Sunday there were 236 outages in York County and five in Chester County, according to Town of Fort Mill officials.

“We appreciate the patience of our customers, who are personally dealing with the impacts of the storm,” Duke Energy Storm Director Jason Hollifield said in a prepared statement. “We are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to our affected areas.”

In Chester County, the ground is covered with some snow, but mainly ice, said Chester County Emergency Management Assistant Director Ed Darby.

“The roads are starting to get in bad shape,” Darby said. “It’s advisable to stay off the roads if at all possible.”

Light ice accumulation is possible through Sunday night and early Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow and sleet is likely before 9 a.m. Monday.

Residents and utility and road crews had rushed to make final preparations Saturday for what was expected to be a multi-day weather event.

Monday has a 60 percent chance of rain, with a high near 37 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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