Forecasters report snow and road conditions in the Columbia area

The first snow in years for Columbia wasn’t just a few showers that melted.

The National Weather Service reported 2 inches of snow at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Cayce early Saturday morning. Most of the snow fell before midnight, he added.

The overnight snow was the first time a measurable amount had fallen on Columbia since 2017, the weather service said. Columbia hasn’t had more than an inch of snow since 2014.

Columbia’s National Weather Service has asked Midlands residents to send photos of the snow accumulation to its social media accounts.

In the Midlands, people reported between less than an inch and almost 3 inches of snow.

Precipitation left the Columbia and Lexington areas Saturday morning, but cold weather could sustain road slicks, forecasters said. The afternoon will bring sunnier skies and warmer temperatures.

Icy and snowy roads, especially in rural areas, should always be a concern for drivers, safety and highway officials have warned. Drivers should stay off the roads if possible and plan slower journeys if travel is necessary.

A few collisions were reported on Midlands roads on Saturday morning. A few wrecks occurred on Highways 20 and 77. A crash on Old Percival Road in northeast Colombia left at least one person injured, the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s Saturday night and Sunday morning.

With the precipitation moving out of the Midlands, the threat of slippery roads will be less by Sunday and next week, safety officials said. But periodic freezing temperatures mean the roads could still be slippery in places. Safe driving is always recommended.

During the day on Sunday, temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees and then dip to the upper 20 degrees overnight, the weather service said Saturday afternoon. After Monday’s warming, temperatures are not expected to dip below freezing during the week. Lows in the mid upper 30s and highs in the 50s can be expected Monday through Wednesday.

This story was originally published January 22, 2022 10:01 a.m.

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David Travis Bland won the SC Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for Community Journalism. He joined The State in 2018. He writes about crime, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
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