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Several areas under ice storm warnings

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

WTOC Senior Meteorologist Pat Prokop said a major ice storm is moving through central and northern Georgia and a large portion of SC. In our area, rain has been mixed with freezing rain mainly north of I-16 away from Chatham County with icing of trees and power lines around Metter to Statesboro to Sylvania to Hampton.  

A cold rain has been falling elsewhere with some heavier amount in the central portion of our area with nearly 2" in Pembroke and 1 and 2/3 of an inch in Metter. Temperatures have been in the low to mid 30s through the day with a value of 36 in Savannah late in the afternoon.

These temperatures will hold steady until round 8 or 9 p.m. then will begin to slowly fall to around freezing in the Savannah area by daybreak and in the lower 30s north of I-16.

More drizzle will fall during the overnight hours into around daybreak which could yield more glazing of trees and power lines. The sun will begin to peek out late in the morning with mostly sunny conditions later in the afternoon. This will be followed by sunny and mild weather for the end of the week through the weekend - except for a slight chance for a shower Friday night.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is closely monitoring the weather situation and is asking the public to be on the lookout for icy conditions on Wednesday night. Bridges and overpasses are likely to freeze first. So far the sheriff's office has received a few reports of trees and power lines down in the north part of the county. ECSO will have additional deputies on standby in case the conditions worsen late tonight and into Thursday morning. ECSO asks that people report any trees or power lines down to local officials.

LOWCOUNTRY CONDITIONS

Beaufort County has been placed under an ice storm warning by the National Weather Service. The warning will remain in effect overnight through 10 a.m. Thursday.

The freezing conditions have impacted inland areas of the Lowcounty throughout the day and the freeze line is expected to shift.

Freezing temperatures and heavy rains are expected to persist through the night, creating potential for hazardous ice accumulations.

Residents should prepare for potential power outages and dangerous road conditions.

Those who must travel should reduce speeds and use caution on bridges and low-lying areas where water may accumulate.

Beaufort government offices and schools will be operating on a two-hour delay Thursday.

Several roads in Hampton County have also been affected by the winter weather. 601 South at the bridges, Deer Drive, Luray Highway, 601 North and Bamberg Highway at the Hampton County line are all currently closed.   

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