Snowfall totals: Some areas got up to 4 inches

jhollemon@thestate.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Jared Coffin and Payton Frawley walk the State House grounds as snow falls late Tuesday evening in Columbia.

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When the snow finally arrived late Tuesday, it blanketed the Midlands of South Carolina before ending early Wednesday.

Early reported depths topped out at 4 inches in the Sandy Run area of Calhoun County, Gaston in Lexington County and Marlboro County, according to reports from law enforcement, media and official observers for the National Weather Service.

The weather office at Columbia Metropolitan Airport measured 1.5 inches at midnight. Other reports in the Midlands ranged from 1.5 inches in Chapin and Newberry to 3 inches in Forest Acres, Lexington and Irmo.

While the Upstate got snow first, the heaviest accumulations appear to have been along the I-20 corridor and in the upper Pee Dee.

Ice, which can be more destructive, seem to have been thickest on tree branches in a band from northern Colleton County through Bamberg to Summerton. Law enforcement in Colleton County reported 13 trees down, including eight that knocked out power lines. One media report indicated three-quarters of an inch of ice on surfaces in Summerton. Forecasters expect very little melting of the ice and snow today, with highs in the Midlands barely getting above freezing.

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