Snow blankets Greenville SC after biggest winter storm in years
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A blanket of snow blanketed the Greenville area on Sunday as the area’s biggest winter storm in years continued to blow into the evening.
State transportation and emergency officials notified on Sunday evening of freezes overnight and ice with risk for motorists until Monday morning.
More than five inches of snow piled up Sunday in parts of the city — the most since 4.3 inches fell near Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Dec. 8-9, 2018.
The National Weather Service reported eight inches of snow in parts of northern Greenville County.
Most of the roads in the area were snowy and dangerous. The city of Greenville reported “dozens” of temporarily stranded motorists, and a Twitter post from the city’s verified account said more than 20 cars sped across the Church Street Bridge downtown.
More than 30,000 people across the upstate were without power as of noon.
There was 5.5 inches of snow reported in the Paris Mountain and Sans Souci areas of Greenville.
More than 5 inches piled up at Taylors near Eastside High School, and the total was about the same in Powdersville.
Most of the snowfall had already occurred by 9 a.m., according to National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Horne.
Travel on the region’s roads is expected to remain treacherous through Monday.
Flights to and from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport have been canceled.
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Following:Thousands of people in the upstate are without power as snow and sleet continue to fall
As of 3:03 a.m. Sunday night, the National Weather Service reported snowfall rates of more than an inch per hour in upstate and western North Carolina.
Higher amounts accumulated north of Interstate 85 while areas to the southeast received more ice pellets and freezing rain.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s across the upstate Sunday evening.
Check back for more on this developing story.
– Contact journalist Alexis Hamilton at [email protected] or 864-404-7487 and on Twitter @productedbylex.