The Charleston County Emergency Management Department has released a statement regarding the potential for winter weather in the Charleston Area. Please follow the Charleston County Emergency Management Page on Facebook and The NWS in Charleston Webpage
We are closely monitoring the potential for a winter weather event Tuesday through Wednesday night. THIS IS A DEVELOPING SITUATION AND EVERYONE IS URGED TO STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST FORECAST FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
From: National Weather Service in Charleston, SC
Date: January 26, 2014 at 7:03:50 AM EST
Subject: Potential Winter Weather Event Update
An arctic air mass will move into the area behind a cold front Monday night. Meanwhile, low pressure is expected to develop along the front off the southeast U.S. coast Tuesday into Wednesday, possibly lingering into Thursday. Precipitation is forecast to overspread much of the area Tuesday and linger through Wednesday night. With cold air in place, accumulating snow and possibly even freezing rain is likely.
Snow/Sleet and Freezing Rain Accumulations
Too early to determine amounts at this time given uncertainty in the extent of cold air that will be in place. However, accumulating snow/sleet and/or freezing rain is an increasing possibility, and even significant accumulations could occur.
Frozen precipitation beginning across parts of the area as early as late Monday night, but more likely sometime during the day Tuesday. Snow, sleet and/or freezing rain could then continue through Wednesday night, or even into Thursday (especially near the coast).
All of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia could be impacted to some extent.
As of this morning, it appears that the best chance for accumulating snow/sleet will be across southeast South Carolina and interior portions of southeast Georgia. The potential for freezing rain is better along the coast, especially the extreme southern South Carolina and northern Georgia coasts.
Significant impacts could occur, especially regrading travel due to snow and/or ice accumulation. In addition, ice accumulation could down trees and power lines.
While confidence is growing that winter weather could impact the area, with potentially significant impacts, this is a rapidly developing situation with much uncertainty regarding precipitation type, intensity and timing.
Please continue to monitor the latest from your National Weather Service in Charleston, SC on this developing winter weather situation. Visit our local NWS web page: www.weather.gov/chs