|By Joey Holleman, The State (Columbia, S.C.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
State officials plea for people not to get on the highways unless absolutely necessary. Secondary roads already had a layer of slush early in the morning.
The lights were still on in
The total number of outages reported statewide by SCE&G was about 8,400, and 1,000 more by the electric cooperatives.
As conditions worsen, more outages are possible. A half-inch of ice could add 250 to 500 pounds of extra weight to power lines,
However, SCE&G and the state's electric cooperatives have local crews and many who have come in from other states on standby to help restore power.
The timing of the change from sleet/snow to freezing rain is key. The forecasted timing has gone back and forth, and now is expected to begin in mid-morning Wednesday in most of the
Forecasters warn the worst is yet to come from the double-barreled winter storm, after a first wave on Tuesday that featured pretty snow in the northern
The second wave is expected to slap enough ice on trees and power lines to be considered a major ice storm throughout much of the
The worst of the storm's damaging ice is expected to arrive in the
Nearly an inch of ice is expected in a corridor from
While the northern
"We have cedar trees that already are completely bent over with that wet, sticky snow," said