Winter Storm Warning Issued for Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties

January 2, 2018, 5:15 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of the South Carolina Lowcountry from 6:00 AM Wednesday until midnight.

Winter precipitation could produce up to 2 inches of snow in some areas and ice accumulations around one-tenth of an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

A mix of snow and sleet is expected to begin falling around 7:00 AM on Wednesday, changing over to mostly snow and some freezing rain around noon through the evening.

Most businesses and schools have been shut down for the day. Residents should consider remaining indoors Wednesday as travel in the affected areas could be very dangerous.

Heavy accumulation of ice from freezing rain could cause trees and powerline to come down. Residents should prepare now for the potential of power outages.

South Carolina Electric and Gas is urging customers to reduce energy use. They say you should turn off and unplug all non-essential lights and appliances. Set thermostats to 68 degrees or lower and ensure HVAC vents are open and unobstructed. Please limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers.

If you use a space heater, please remember to give it space by keeping it at least three feet from anything that can burn. You should also unplug the heater before going to bed and never use an extension cord.

Those in need of a warm place to stay, please check out this list of warming shelters.