Snow? Again? There's a chance

January 7, 2011 

Snow, ice and freezing rain are in the forecast for Monday.

You know the routine.

Moisture moving up from the Gulf of Mexico and meets cold air in South Carolina. Where? When? How much? And what form of precipitation?

Too early to tell.

But it’s beginning to look like the start of the next work week could involve late starts or snow days.

The National Weather Service forecast discussion puts it simply: “Monday morning has the potential to be kind of messy.”

The weather services calls for a mixed event – some stew of rain, freezing rain, sleet and/or snow – after dark Sunday through Monday morning in the Midlands.

Temperatures should warm enough to melt whatever falls during the day Monday before another blast of wintry mix after dark Monday.

Usually, Midlands residents pooh-pooh the chance of the mix being fluffy snow, knowing the snow line often is drawn just south of Greenville. And the weather service says the chances of snow increase the further north and west of Columbia. From Greenville north, the forecast is for significant snowfall.

But Columbia has had two major snowfalls in the past 12 months — 8.6 inches Feb. 12-13 and 1.8 inches on Dec. 26. If you believe things happen in threes, maybe the third Columbia snowfall is next week.

Joey Holleman

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