The chances of having a cloud-free sky slightly improved for Midlands in the latest National Weather Service forecast.
In the final update before the eclipse, the National Weather Service has the chances of Columbia having cloudy skies at 49 percent come 2 p.m., down from 53 percent during today’s earlier forecast. The partial eclipse in Columbia is scheduled to begin around 1:13 p.m., with totality taking place around 2:41 p.m.
In the Midlands, the chances of cloud cover increase the farther south you go, with Bamberg County having a 60 percent chance of cloud cover.
The Lowcountry’s clear-sky chances did not improve in the latest update, with Charleston still reportedly having a 72 percent chance of cloud cover, according to the briefing by forecasters. Newberry is shaping up to be the best Midlands town to have the least chances of cloud cover, with a 47 percent, according to the briefing.
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Those who are in the Upstate still have the best chance of having a clear view of the eclipse. Of the cities in the Upstate that are in the path of totality, Greenville has a 34 percent chance of cloud cover, while Anderson has a 40 percent chance.
Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan