Treacherous conditions expected with winter storm

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, January 22, 2016

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Wednesday's short spurt of snow won't compare to what is expected in greater Greer this weekend.

Jim Fair

Wednesday's short spurt of snow won't compare to what is expected in greater Greer this weekend.



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A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow, with some accumulation forecast, is scheduled early Friday morning through Saturday in greater Greer and the Upstate.

Greenville and Spartanburg County schools cancelled classes and Upstate colleges also announced Friday closings. Many other businesses and churches have already announced closings on Friday.

Winter storm Jonas is creating havoc in greater Greer with rain and sleet forecast overnight into Friday morning. A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow are forecast Friday turning into mostly snow Friday night. The winter storm warning is through 7 p.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will be hovering in the low to mid-30s through Friday with northeast winds on Friday 14 to 20 miles per hour with gusts reach 29 mph.

Sleet and ice accumulation of one inch is possible Friday and new snow and sleet accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible Friday night. Winds 9-15 mph with gusts as high as 23 mph will bring the wind chill factor into at least the low 20s.

Pending where the snow line is, predicted north above I-85, parts of Greer and Greenville County can see significant amounts of snow.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring.

Road crews began pre-treating upstate roads with salt brine with the focus on I-85 and roads in the northern parts of Greenville County.

A half-inch of ice typically results in significant power outages with three-quarters of an inch of ice causing severe outages.

More than 30 airports from Washington D.C. to New York City, have announced travel delays and cancellations.

Check incoming or outgoing flights at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport by calling customer service at 864-877-7426, the phone number for the individual airlines or the GSP police department at 864-848-6246.

• CPW power outages can be reported at 848-5500, Facebook or Twitter.

• Duke Energy power outages can be reported to Duke Energy through several methods.

Call 1-800-769-3766, report an outage or view current outages online  or text OUT to 57801

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