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Big ice event closes schools Tuesday, put hospitals and utilities on alert

Damaging weekend winds make greater Greer a catastrophe area

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, February 16, 2015

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Here's why Greenville and Spartanburg counties schools are closed Tuesday.
 

Julie McCombs

Here's why Greenville and Spartanburg counties schools are closed Tuesday.

 



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This vehicle was quickly covered with ice when rain hit the freezing metal.
 
 

Jim Fair

This vehicle was quickly covered with ice when rain hit the freezing metal.

 

 



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Ice and then snow virtually closed down downtown Greer.
 

Scott Stevens

Ice and then snow virtually closed down downtown Greer.

 



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Icicles form at the Atlanta Bread Company in early evening on Pelham Drive.
 
 

Jim Fair

Icicles form at the Atlanta Bread Company in early evening on Pelham Drive.

 

 



Greenville and Spartanburg counties are forecast to be the hardest hit areas for ice accumulation, according to revised weather forecasts.

Sleet, freezing rain and snow have fallen throughout the evening with most of the roads turned white and have become extremely treacherous. The Upstate will see icing for the longest time throughout the night with more than ½ - inch of ice.

The winter storm warning remains in effect for the Upstate until 7 a.m.

Greer stores and businesses closed Monday when the roads and sidewalks began to be covered late in the afternoon.

Greenville and Spartanburg county schools are cancelled Tuesday. Some businesses are operating on a delayed schedule.

At 2 p.m. today snow was reported falling at Ingles at 1524 Locust Hill Road, sleeting at Mr. Salsa at 4800 Wade Hampton Blvd., and freezing rain mixed with snow at Atlanta Bread Company on Pelham Road.

Greer public service officials attached plows to their vehicles in the morning and began treating roads in anticipation of the snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) announced it has its Severe Weather Plan in place. The plan is implemented when there is significant snowfall, ice storms or other weather extremes that impact operational readiness.

Greer Commission of Public Works have trucks fueled, equipment loaded and are on call to respond for possible power outages. CPW reported only a handful of power outages this past weekend with the high winds. Duke Energy experienced a larger amount throughout the Carolinas.

Some insurance companies have already designated Greer a catastrophe area with the large mount of wind-damaged reports coming into its offices.

The Greer Business Luncheon at Greer First Baptist scheduled Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. has been cancelled. Ironically, Chris Justus, meteorologist with WYFF-TV, was the scheduled speaker.

 

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