Winter Storm Information, Updates, News, & More (1/5/18)

It's been two days since the third-largest snowfall recorded in the Charleston area and the main concerns continue to be road conditions and freezing temperatures.

Travel is still not advised, so do not travel unless you have to. If you must go out, be sure to clear all snow and ice from your vehicle's windows, lights, and roof. Drive slowly.

Low temperatures and wind chills will cause much of the snow/ice to remain on roads and bridges. Temperatures are not expected to warm above freezing until 11 am, but black ice will continue to be a concern throughout the day and likely all weekend.

Although I will update this post often, you can get even more up-to-date and detailed information on my Twitter account (you do not need a Twitter account to see it): https://twitter.com/HolyCitySinner

Latest Information (updated at 3:57 pm)

  • Winter Weather Advisory for Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties has been extended until Friday at 11 am
    • Expect continued hazardous conditions on the roads as well as extremely low wind chills in the teens expected tomorrow morning
    • Despite some snow melting today, temperatures will quickly fall below freezing tonight. Any wet spots on the roadways will refreeze, causing treacherous travel conditions due to black ice. Avoid travel if possible
  • For an updated list of road and bridge closures, click here.
  • The Charleston Airport said they were hoping flights would resume by Saturday morning, but now there is talk that it will remain closed until Monday. Get more information here.
  • CARTA has canceled all service for Friday.
    • TriCounty Link will not run on Friday
    • Tel-A-Ride, CARTA’s on-demand paratransit service, will not be offered Friday. Tel-A-Ride customers may call (843) 747-0007 between 8 am and 5 pm to reschedule trips.
  • North Charleston has lifted their travel restrictions

RESOURCES

  • The Charleston County Citizens Info Line is (843) 764-3900
  • Get some Cold Weather Tips here
  • Click here for a list of warming shelters that are open
  • See a list of closings and cancellations here

Generator Safety/Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator.

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY.

For more winter weather tips please visit Charleston County’s Emergency Management page

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