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A Touch of Snow Possible In Parts of South Carolina Thursday

By Ray Hawthorne

a03a7573-3543-4a48-8b1a-df520b13acdcUPDATE: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Chesterfield, Lancaster, York, and Cherokee counties, valid from early Thursday morning through late Thursday night. It has been a mild and wet winter thus far in the Palmetto State. The “wet” is not likely to go away this week, but enough “cold” could make the weather interesting Thursday into Thursday night. A cold front will make a clean pass through the state by midday Wednesday. Chilly air from a high pressure area plunging south out of Canada into the Dakotas will begin to make its presence felt tonight. Temperatures are expected to...

Final Bout of Rain Arriving Before Drier Weekend

By Ray Hawthorne

df8db410-4716-447b-b0cc-791f0afbfc20Update as of 8:30 AM Thursday A line of strong thunderstorms, which prompted The National Weather Service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties early Thursday morning, is moving eastward through the Upstate. Strong winds in the lower part of the atmosphere may transfer to the ground as the line of heavy showers and a few thunderstorms move through the state today. For this reason, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a “marginal risk” (a level 1 out of 5) for severe storms over the state today. A line of showers and storms associated with a cold...

A Brief Lull in the Rain, But More Expected This Week

By Ray Hawthorne

Rainfall forecastUpdate as of 3:00 PM Tuesday: The National Weather Service has canceled the Flash Flood Watch it had in effect over the Upstate. Scattered showers or an isolated strong thunderstorm are still possible Tuesday evening thanks to the passage of a weak front. Overall, a brief period of drier weather is expected on Wednesday before another cold front arrives late Wednesday night and Thursday with more widespread rain and thunderstorms. Update as of 10:30 AM Tuesday: A lull in the rain has developed. Flash Flood Watches remain in effect for Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties until 7...

Tornado Watch issued for more of South Carolina

By Ray Hawthorne

85d4b51b-9897-4b21-9f5c-118c41d16879A new Tornado Watch has been issued for the South Carolina Midlands until 8 PM. The watch includes the Columbia metropolitan area, Orangeburg, Sumter, and North Augusta. A line of severe thunderstorms, which has produced significant wind damage and possible tornadoes in the Spartanburg area this morning, is accelerating eastward. The line is forecast to reach the Columbia metro area between 3 and 5 PM and Sumter and Florence between 5 and 7 PM. The Storm Prediction Center says widespread wind damage, including gusts in excess of 75 mph, are likely within the watch area. Isolated tornadoes are...

Tornado Watch for parts of the Upstate, Midlands

By Ray Hawthorne

10:20 am updateUpdate as of 10:30 AM: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 5 PM for the entire upstate of South Carolina and for a portion of the Midlands to the west of Columbia. The watch includes Rock Hill, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson. A line of thunderstorms, with damaging wind and embedded tornadoes, is approaching from the west late this morning through mid-afternoon in these areas. Update as of 6:15 AM: Heavy rain is already falling over much of the Upstate and parts of the Midlands. The rain has prompted Flash Flood Warnings for Greenville county until Noon. The National Weather Service says...

Strong Storm to Bring Rain, Damaging Wind Concerns Wednesday Night through Thursday Night

By Ray Hawthorne

Rainfall Forecast for South CarolinaMultiple weather-related hazards are possible Wednesday night and Thursday over a large portion of the Palmetto State. First round Wednesday night An increasingly warm and humid air mass will surge northward across the state Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. A fe showers may develop as soon as Wednesday morning, especially over the Upstate and Midlands. The showers and thunderstorms are then likely to become more widespread Wednesday night. This initial round of rain may be heavy and lead to areas of flash flooding, particularly across the South Carolina Upstate late Wednesday night...

Second Half of the Weekend Likely a Washout

By Ray Hawthorne

Rainfall Sunday into MondaySwaths of heavy rain are expected to spread across the Palmetto State over the weekend. The rain will be heavy enough to cause river and street flooding, but there are still questions as to which parts of the state will see the greatest amounts. An area of low pressure is forecast to form in the central Gulf of Mexico and gradually strengthen as it moves northeastward over the Southeastern United States. The first area to receive widespread heavy rain is likely to be the Lowcountry Saturday night into Sunday morning, spreading over the remainder of the state Sunday afternoon through Sunday...

Another Round of Rain and Thunderstorms Overnight

By Ray Hawthorne

Rain Amounts TonightHeavy rain over spread much of the Palmetto State on Friday, prompting the issuance of Flood Advisories and Warnings near the Columbia and North Augusta areas. Data from Doppler radar and rain gauges indicate that 2 to 4 inches of rain has accumulated over the Midlands through early Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, 1 to 3 inches has fallen over the Upstate. Amounts so far have been less than an inch over most of the Pee Dee, Grand Strand, and Lowcountry. Forecasters say another round of rain, and a few thunderstorms, are expected tonight before the weather system moves away on Saturday morning...

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Likely across the Palmetto State Friday

By Ray Hawthorne

Friday Severe Storm Risk in the LowcountryWidespread rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely on Friday over much of South Carolina. The strongest storms may produce isolated damaging wind gusts and a low chance for a brief tornado in the Lowcountry. The unsettled weather is expected to develop ahead of a gradually intensifying area of low pressure that will move quickly from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic states. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the Lowcountry, including Charleston, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, under a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday. If strong...

Icy Travel Possible in Highest Elevations Early Friday

By Ray Hawthorne

Ice Accumulation tonight into Friday morningTravelers in highest elevations of South Carolina near the North Carolina border may experience a brief period of freezing rain late Thursday evening into early Friday morning. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to spread over the Palmetto State, starting after sunset on Thursday. An area of high pressure over the Mid Atlantic and New England states is causing relatively cold, dry air to slide into the mountains of South Carolina. Ground temperatures may be very close to freezing, particularly in northern parts of Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Cherokee counties as the...

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