Winter Storm Pax: The Latest
SNOW PROJECTED FOR UPSTATE, MIDLANDS REGION OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Forecasts continue to evolve for Winter Storm Pax, which is projected to bring a variety of hazardous weather conditions to the Palmetto State over the next 2-3 days.
Temperatures are dropping as we write … and winter precipitation is expected to begin late Monday evening.
As of this writing, South Carolina’s Upstate is projected to see the most snow – with parts of Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties possibly receiving as much as eight inches (editor’s note: somebody cue Michael Scott).
Other parts of the Upstate are projected to receive between 3-5 inches, while the Midlands region of the state is currently forecast for roughly 1-3 inches – or about the same amount of accumulation it received during the last storm that rolled through.
More worrisome for Midlands residents, Columbia, S.C. and its surrounding regions – along with Aiken, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington and McCormick counties – appears to be in the path of the storm’s projected “ice belt.”
Columbia is projected to see as much as an inch of ice – which would make it “the center of the ice world in this storm,” according to one of our meteorologically inclined readers. In fact The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has arrived in the Palmetto State’s capital city in anticipation of the ice storm.
Fortunately for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – whose Department of Transportation (SCDOT) botched the response to the last storm – no wintry precipitation is presently predicted for Charleston, S.C.
And yes … say “precipitation is presently predicted” five teams really fast (if you’re really bored).
While not forecast to be as serious as the last storm (which itself was not as serious as originally forecast), count on the entire state of South Carolina shutting down regardless.
That’s just how we roll … errr, “not roll” really.