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Curfews, travel restrictions lifted across Lowcountry in winter storm aftermath

Ice on roads will cause treacherous conditions for motorists late Thursday. (Source: Live 5) Ice on roads will cause treacherous conditions for motorists late Thursday. (Source: Live 5)
An abandoned van sits on an ice-covered bank along the interstate. (Source: Live 5) An abandoned van sits on an ice-covered bank along the interstate. (Source: Live 5)
Travel restrictions and curfews are in place because of icy conditions. (Source: Live 5) Travel restrictions and curfews are in place because of icy conditions. (Source: Live 5)
Snow in Kingstree (Source: Johanna Dennis) Snow in Kingstree (Source: Johanna Dennis)

Curfews and travel restrictions that had been in effect earlier in the week are being lifted as conditions slowly improve since Wednesday's snow.

Dorchester County says it will not issue a curfew for Friday night.

A curfew for the county, with the exception of the City of North Charleston and the Town of Summerville had been in effect Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.

The county's Emergency Operations Center continues to operate at OPCON 3 with limited staffing, county spokesperson Tiffany Norton said. The center will not be staffed overnight.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the county and all Dorchester County convenience centers will remain closed Saturday, she said.

There will be no visitation at the Dorchester County Detention Center on Saturday or Sunday.

Residents are still asked to stay off the roads as primary and secondary roads continue to be iced over or have large sporadic patches of black ice. Some of the snow and ice that melted during Friday's sunshine are expected to refreeze Friday night as temperatures drop to about 20 degrees.

READ: THE LIST: Weather-related closures and cancellations for Friday

North Charleston lifted its travel restrictions Friday at 2 p.m., a day after Mayor Keith Summey declared a state of emergency.

"People should only be on the roads if they absolutely have to be," Summey said.

In addition to the travel restrictions, Summey said the declaration is an attempt to help businesses trying to recoup income losses during the winter storm. It would also apply to the city with respect to overtime pay, he said.

READ: Icy conditions extend winter weather advisory into Friday morning

On Folly Beach, a state of emergency is in effect there, but all roads and bridges are reported open and passable.

A state of emergency also continues in the City of Charleston, but no curfew or road closures were in effect. But late Friday, the Charleston Emergency Management team resumed operations and closed the city's Emergency Operations Center.

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