NWS issues Ice Storm Warning

Written by  Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:22

     The National Weather Service has discontinued the Winter Storm Warning and have issued an Ice Storm Warning instead.   The warning is in effect from midnight tonight until 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

     Because of the weather the Bulloch County School System has cancelled classes Wednesday and will make a decision about Thursday classes Wednesday afternoon.

Ogeechee Tech and Georgia Southern have cancelled classes for Wednesday.

Dangerous Ice Storm expected to develop across inland portions of Southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia tonight through Thursday.

Low pressure will track from the Gulf of Mexico off the southeast coast overnight into Thursday. This low will produce rain that will fall into surface temperatures around freezing, resulting in significant ice accumulation across parts of the region.

Ice Storm Warning remains in effect from Midnight Tonight to 10 am EST Thursday.

  • Ice accumulations: around one quarter to one half of an inch. With the highest amounts to the north and northwest of a line from Metter, through Walterboro, to Jamestown.
  • Timing: Light rain and drizzle will change to freezing rain and freezing drizzle tonight, especially between 10 pm and 4 am. Heaviest freezing rain and most significant ice accumulation will occur late tonight through Wednesday morning. A changeover to rain is then forecast for most areas Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening. Then, additional freezing rain or freezing drizzle is possible late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
  • Impacts: significant ice accumulation could create dangerous or impossible driving conditions, especially on bridges. Overpasses and untreated roads. Damage to trees and power lines are likely as well as power outages across the area.

 

Recommended actions

Significant ice accumulation will produce dangerous travel conditions. Do not attempt to drive or walk. Ice accumulation will damage trees and power lines. If you encounter downed power lines, do not touch the lines because you could be electrocuted. Report downed power lines to law enforcement or the power company. Prepare to remain in a safe shelter without electricity for many hours. Obtain vital supplies such as potable water, Non- perishable food, medicine, batteries, flashlights and a battery powered radio. If you are using an alternative source of power or heat, ensure proper ventilation and remain alert for the presence of carbon monoxide.

What is an Ice Storm Warning?

Ice accumulation meeting or exceeding locally defined warning criteria (typical value is 1/4 inch or more Source: nws.noaa.gov

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