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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
848 AM EST THU FEB 13 2014

...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM CONTINUES...

.SURFACE LOW PRESSURE CURRENTLY NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST
WILL MOVE FARTHER NORTHEAST OF OUR AREA THIS AFTERNOON...WHILE AN
UPPER LEVEL TROUGH...CURRENTLY TO OUR WEST...MOVES EAST THROUGH
THE REGION LATER TODAY. COLDER AIR COMING IN BEHIND THE SURFACE
LOW...ALONG WITH UPPER LIFT AHEAD OF THE UPPER TROUGH...WILL
CONTRIBUTE TO SOME LIGHT SNOW OVER THE REGION TODAY. AT THIS
TIME...IT APPEARS THE BEST CHANCE OF ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE
OVER THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA NORTH OF COLUMBIA.
ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TODAY OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
OVER THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS...GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE
FROM NEWBERRY TO CHERAW. LIGHTER AMOUNTS UP TO ONE HALF INCH WILL
BE POSSIBLE GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM SALUDA TO
COLUMBIA TO BISHOPVILLE. A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW POSSIBLE
ELSEWHERE. THE SNOW AREA WILL LIFT NORTHEAST DURING THE DAY AND
WILL MOVE OUT OF THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS AROUND MID AFTERNOON.
GRADUALLY DECREASING CLOUD COVER IS EXPECTED FROM WEST TO EAST
DURING THE AFTERNOON. AIR TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE
FREEZING THIS AFTERNOON...AND SOME PARTIAL MELTING IS ANTICIPATED.
HOWEVER...A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW...SLEET OR ICE WILL REMAIN
IN PLACE AND WILL REFREEZE TONIGHT. THIS WILL LEAD TO CONTINUED
HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS AT LEAST THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

CURRENTLY...MOST ROADS ARE A SOLID SHEET OF ICE. THE GEORGIA AND
SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS URGE PEOPLE TO STAY OFF
THE ROADS. 

GAZ040-063>065-077-SCZ015-016-018-020>022-025>031-035>038-041-
131700-
/O.CON.KCAE.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-140213T1700Z/
LINCOLN-MCDUFFIE-COLUMBIA-RICHMOND-BURKE-LANCASTER-CHESTERFIELD-
MCCORMICK-NEWBERRY-FAIRFIELD-KERSHAW-EDGEFIELD-SALUDA-LEXINGTON-
RICHLAND-LEE-AIKEN-SUMTER-BARNWELL-ORANGEBURG-CALHOUN-CLARENDON-
BAMBERG-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LINCOLNTON...THOMSON...MARTINEZ...
EVANS...AUGUSTA...HEPHZIBAH...WAYNESBORO...LANCASTER...ELGIN...
CHERAW...PAGELAND...MCCORMICK...NEWBERRY...WINNSBORO...CAMDEN...
LUGOFF...EDGEFIELD...JOHNSTON...SALUDA...RIDGE SPRING...
WEST COLUMBIA...CAYCE...LEXINGTON...RED BANK...COLUMBIA...
BISHOPVILLE...SAVANNAH RIVER SITE...AIKEN...NORTH AUGUSTA...
SUMTER...BARNWELL...WILLISTON...BLACKVILLE...ORANGEBURG...
ST. MATTHEWS...MANNING...SUMMERTON...BAMBERG...DENMARK
848 AM EST THU FEB 13 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...

* LOCATIONS...CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH 
  RIVER AREA OF GEORGIA.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE 1 TO 2
  INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA...AROUND
  ONE HALF INCH CENTRAL MIDLANDS...AND A DUSTING ELSEHWERE. 

* TIMING...THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE DANGEROUS. THE GOVERNORS OF
  SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA HAVE ISSUED STATES OF EMERGENCIES.
  BOTH SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA DEPARTMENTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND
  DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION HAVE URGED PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE
  ROADWAYS. NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES HAVE RESULTED BECAUSE OF THE
  HEAVY ICE ACCUMULATIONS ON TREES...LIMBS AND POWER LINES. SOME
  OF THESE OUTAGES WILL BE LENGTHY.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING THIS
  AFTERNOON...BUT WILL FALL BACK INTO THE 20S TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SNOW...SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN
MEETING WARNING CRITERIA IS LIKELY. WARNING CRITERIA IS AT LEAST
2 INCHES OF SNOW OR SLEET...OR AT LEAST 1/4 OF AN INCH OF
FREEZING RAIN.

STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWERLINES. YOU COULD GET ELECTROCUTED. BE
VERY CAREFUL USING ALTERNATIVE HEAT SOURCES. MAKE SURE YOUR SMOKE
DETECTORS ARE WORKING. MANY ROADS ARE A SOLID SHEET OF ICE. THE
GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS URGE PEOPLE
TO STAY OFF THE ROADS.

IF YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST TRAVEL YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS. PLAN PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME. DRIVE SLOWLY
AND LEAVE PLENTY OF SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF
YOU. BRAKE GENTLY AND AVOID MAKING SUDDEN TURNS. BRING THE
FOLLOWING WITH YOU IN CASE YOU GET STRANDED...FOOD AND WATER....
A BLANKET...WINDSHIELD SCRAPPER AND BRUSH AND FIRST AID KIT. LET
SOMEONE ELSE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL TRAVEL AND WHAT ROUTES YOU WILL
TAKE.

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