CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Most of the Tri-County area is waking up to freezing rain and sleet Monday morning while some counties further inland are seeing snow.
Snow has been reported in Orangeburg County, St. George and further northwest, while most of the Tri-County is experiencing sleet and freezing rain.
Reports of snow have been received from St. George and a mixture of snow and rain in neighborhoods in western Dorchester County, Orangeburg County and northern Berkeley County have also been reported.
Radar is showing an expanding area of sleet and freezing rain along the coast turning to snow once you reach the I-95 counties. We have numerous reports of accidents on area roads as well as some bridge closures. As the morning continues, temperatures will stay in the upper 20's to near 30 degrees through at least mid-day.
This will lead to more icing problems to the west of Highway 17 until temperatures rise above freezing by the early afternoon. Snow and sleet may continue well inland along I-95 through the afternoon.
Winter Storm Watches include the following inland counties including Allendale, Hampton, inland Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Horry Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Charleston, Beaufort, coastal Colleton (Edisto Beach), and coastal Jasper County starting late Sunday night and into early Monday.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to develop first early Monday morning across the area.
Power outages could become a problem Monday morning. If your electricity goes out, you can call one of these numbers to report it. SCE&G customers should call 1-888-333-4465. You can also log on to sceg.com/mobile. Edisto electric customers can call 1-800-433-3292to report outages. If you have Berkeley Electric, call 1-888-253-4232. Santee electric customers should call 1-888-239-2300.
The rain will taper off to just some drizzle by Monday evening and the temperature is not expected to drop below freezing overnight, so at the moment, black ice does not look to be a concern for Tuesday morning. Drier, but cold weather to follow with highs only in the 40's for the rest of the week.