National Weather Service issues winter storm watch for Tuesday, Wednesday

January 26, 2014 

The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a winter storm watch Sunday afternoon for Horry and Georgetown counties that will begin at noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that could impact travel, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

Snow, sleet and pockets of freezing rain are possible, according to the alert. There is a risk that more than 3 inches of snow could accumulate with the heaviest snow and sleet expected Tuesday night.

A wintry mix could begin as early as Tuesday afternoon and snow could fall into much of Wednesday, according to the alert. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s Tuesday night with wind chills causing it to feel as thought it’s around 10 degrees.

Travel could be dangerous as roads become covered with snow and bridges could be icy and hazardous. Power outages also are possible with wind gusts up to 20 o 30 mph during the height of the storm.

The National Weather Service urges people to prepare for the possible power outages well ahead of the storm, as there may be no electricity for “a considerable time … even after the storm has ended.”

The S.C. Highway Patrol urges drivers to check on driving conditions by visiting www.SCDPS.gov, www.SCDOT.org and www.SCEMD.org. Drivers are urged to make sure to clear snow off of the vehicle before getting on the road and allowing for extra time to reach a destination.

Drivers should be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first, according to a highway patrol press release. Even if the temperature is above freezing, if the conditions are wet, drivers might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

“Remember: Winter conditions call for different driving tactics; slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking,” according to the release.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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