Winter weather system moves off coast; Roadways still slick

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning for South Carolina, but we are not completely out of the woods yet.

Officials say the weather system that pounded much of South Carolina with freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice has moved off the coast and out into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Live 5 Meteorologist Brad Miller says a weak area of low pressure will glide by just east of the Lowcountry overnight. This will keep clouds and the possibility for freezing drizzle in the forecast through Thursday morning.

While we're not expecting widespread precipitation, it won't take much to create some travel issues as temps overnight fall into the low and mid 20s.

Road conditions are slick and dangerous after hours of freezing rain coated roads across the Charleston area. For the rest of the morning, expect light to moderate freezing rain, sleet and even snow mixing in before Winter Storm 2014 winds down after lunchtime.

Additional ice accumulations of 1/10 of an inch are possible for Coastal Counties. A dusting of snow closer to the beaches and just inland is also in the forecast.

Travel is still not recommended, and many areas are experiencing road closures. For a full list of bridge and road closures, click here. SCDOT has reported a number of accidents along major roadways throughout the day Wednesday. 

Charleston County Public Works is warning motorists to be on the lookout for low-hanging branches. These branches could fall, causing serious problems. 

Temperatures will only reach freezing Wednesday, which will set a new record low maximum temperature for this day. The current record is 41 degrees set in 2000.

Wednesday night, the wintry mix will move out, but cold air piles in and will result in low temperatures around 20 degrees overnight inland and upper 20's along the coastline.

Thursday will start out cloudy and cold, but we should see some sunshine by afternoon. Highs will allow some melting as we top out in the low 40s.

Crews in West Ashley worked hard early Wednesday morning to successfully restore power in that area, but power remains out in areas of James Island, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and other areas.

As the winter storm delivers its last punch, the lingering effects of the storm are prevalent.

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