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Most churches cancel services, warmer day forecast

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Sunday, January 24, 2016

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Tanner Stevens and Brynn made a snowman at City Park welcoming visitors to the winter wonderland.
 

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Tanner Stevens and Brynn made a snowman at City Park welcoming visitors to the winter wonderland.

 



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Victoria Street was a virtual ice rink.
 

Jim Fair

Victoria Street was a virtual ice rink.

 



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A cat cautiously maneuvers around the ice.
 

Garrett Mitchell

A cat cautiously maneuvers around the ice.

 



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University of South Carolina students found ways to amuse themselves.
 
 

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University of South Carolina students found ways to amuse themselves.

 

 



 

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Most churches have cancelled or curtailed services Sunday as roads in the upstate remained icy overnight from snow and ice that fell across greater Greer this weekend.

First Presbyterian Church has only its 11 a.m. services scheduled today and will have limited parking with School and Victoria streets dangerously slick.

Temperatures in the 20’s overnight caused wet streets with slush to refreeze causing black ice and rural roads remained dangerous with many less traveled still icy.

Some downtown Greer streets were treacherous Saturday with Victoria Street being virtually a sheet of inch-thick ice from S. Main Street to Poinsett Street. Some businesses were open downtown but visitors and residents to Victoria Arms and a business on Victoria Street faced extremely dangerous walking and driving conditions.

Snow and ice on Trade Street made curbside parking difficult and sidewalks slippery.

The South Main Street and Pennsylvania Street bridge had a coating of ice at its crest and caution should be used Sunday coming into and exiting the city.

All the main highways entering and exiting Greer were virtually free of snow and ice by mid-afternoon.

No decision on school openings for Monday in Spartanburg and Greenville counties has been announced. USC Upstate follows the Spartanburg County school closings policy.

Most businesses closed Saturday or opened late. Some fast food restaurants could not get staff in to open early because of snow and ice on the roads.

The South Carolina Inland Port re-opened at noon Saturday with all normal activities resuming at 6 p.m.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport remained open throughout the storm despite major airports in the northeast closing or cancelling thousands of flights.

Greer recorded five inches of snow with northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties recording more than seven inches.

Temperatures Sunday in the high 40s with sunshine throughout the day should cause considerable melting.

USC Upstate students used the occasion to sled down hilly campus roads, building snowmen and taking in the wintry scene. “Just walking around and enjoying the snow is what I love,” student Jaquel McCarthy said. “How the snow looks on the trees brings out the beauty of nature.”

• Alex Love contributed to this story.

 

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