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Snow and ice close schools, shut down businesses

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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The overpass on Hwy. 80 near E. Poinsett Street was a sheet of ice on both sides of the highway.

Jim Fair

The overpass on Hwy. 80 near E. Poinsett Street was a sheet of ice on both sides of the highway.



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Century Park was looking like a winter wonderland.

Jim Fair

Century Park was looking like a winter wonderland.



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S. Hwy. 14 near Mutt's had little traffic in the early evening as most of Greer was closing for the night.

Jim Fair

S. Hwy. 14 near Mutt's had little traffic in the early evening as most of Greer was closing for the night.



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The Greer Inland Port was hardly visible through the blowing snow.

Jim Fair

The Greer Inland Port was hardly visible through the blowing snow.



Winter delivered snow, freezing rain and ice to Greer that closed schools and businesses and left roads into and out of the city as slick as skating rinks.

Children were sent home from school at noon and all Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties schools are closed Wednesday. All athletic activities are also postponed.

Black ice on the roads is expected to cause hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning. Greer’s forecast Wednesday is a high of 35 degrees with sunny skies.

While businesses closed early Greer City Council opted to meet with a full session. Crews cleared I-85 but all side roads were coated with ice. Cars were sliding off the roads with hills and others slid into ditches and curbs.

“The biggest thing naturally is, if you don’t need to be on the road don’t,” Sgt. Chad Richardson said. “Some people have to work and not everything is shut down. Just allow yourself time to anticipate people stopping in front of you and plenty of time to get where your are going.”

Lowe’s and Home Depot reported it de-icing products for sidewalks were sold out by late Monday.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport reported flights to and from Atlanta, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland were canceled Tuesday. Passengers should check their airlines for their flight status.

 

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