Some parts of S.C. could get ice tonight, but not likely in Midlands

jholleman@thestate.comMarch 3, 2014 

In front of the Department of Public Utilities, 'Without A Care', a statue by Robert Allison starts to thaw after a February ice storm in Orangeburg. Sheets of ice blanket Orangeburg County last month.

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A strong cold front advancing through the state will drop temperatures in the Midlands nearly 40 degrees in 18 hours, but the freefall is unlikely to be quick enough for freezing temperatures to arrive in the central Midlands before precipitation leaves.

The National Weather Service has warned of a slight chance of sleet or a thin glaze of ice in the Pee Dee and parts of the Lowcountry. But this is not the type of heavy icing that cause massive power outages during the February winter storm. Instead, the danger is ice on bridges and overpasses overnight and early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In Columbia, temperatures are forecast to drop from a high around 65 Monday afternoon to a low of 27 Tuesday morning. Rain that began early Monday is expected to end around 10 p.m. With a slight (around 5 percent) chance of rain into Tuesday morning, there is a slim possibility of some frozen precipitation in the Midlands. But the National Weather Service hadn’t posted a winter weather advisory for the Midlands as of 11 a.m. Monday.

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