Snowfall expected for region; schools closing early

jzou@heraldonline.comJanuary 28, 2014 

David Kelley loads a bucket of salt as SCDOT workers in York County prepare for any inclement weather that may hit the area Monday.

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  • What’s next?

    The National Weather Service forecast for Fort Mill:

    Today: Snow, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 30. Northeast winds 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Tonight: Snow, mainly before 2 a.m. Low around 19. North-northeast winds 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Wednesday: A chance of snow, mainly before 8 a.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 34. North-northeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Calm winds.

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— Local schools are closing early today as a wintry blast is headed to the region , with forecasters predicting 2-4 inches of snow throughout York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

In Fort Mill, elementary schools will close at 11:30 a.m., followed by the middle and hgih schools at 12:15 p.m. For schools in Indian Land and the rest of Lancaster County schools, the schedule is 10:30 a.m. for elementary schools and 11 a.m. for middle and high schools.

A winter weather warning was issued for Chester and Lancaster counties, with snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches expected. A less-severe winter weather advisory was issued for York County, where 1 to 2 inches of snow are expected. The alerts for all three counties are in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Local maintenance crews from the state Department of Transportation started applying a salt brine to interstates and roads Monday afternoon to get ahead of today’s cold temperatures, which are expected to dip into the teens with highs around 30 degrees.

In addition to prepping the roads, crews will be on standby with plows and other winter equipment, said Brad Trout, resident maintenance engineer for York County. Crews in Chester and Lancaster counties also were adding brine to their roads on Monday.

Most local school districts planned to monitor the weather overnight and decide early today whether to cancel classes or delay openings, but officials in two local districts made their decisions Monday night:

Bryan Vaughn, director of safety and transportation for the Lancaster School District, said parents will receive notifications about any schedule changes early Tuesday.

The winter weather is being caused by an arctic cold front expected to move through the region and stall offshore, said National Weather Service meteorologist Carin Goodall. A low-pressure center forming along the front was to move northeast, spinning moisture into the region.

Jie Jenny Zou •  803-329-4062 The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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