BEAUFORT, SC (January 28, 2014/12:30 PM) – The National Weather Service has placed Beaufort County under an ice storm warning and a winter storm warning effective as of noon today. Deteriorating weather conditions are anticipated to begin at 4 pm, continuing into the night, beginning with freezing rain and sleet followed by snow.
Bridges and overpasses will freeze first. All citizens are encouraged to limit non-essential travel after 5 pm today. Driving conditions will become extremely dangerous as the night progresses.
Ice accumulations are anticipated up to 3/4 inch and these conditions may lead to downed trees and power lines with the potential for widespread power outages. All citizens are encouraged to remain home until the storm passes and conditions improve.
All Beaufort County offices will be closing at 2 pm today and will remain closed Wednesday. All non-essential County services (to include libraries, convenience centers, and PALS recreational facilities) will be closed and activities cancelled for today and tomorrow.
Warming stations will be provided by the American Red Cross for any person(s) seeking warm shelter. The Northern Beaufort County site will be Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady’s Island (81 Lady’s Island Dr). The Southern Beaufort County site will be Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton (10 Simmonsville Rd). These shelters will be open and staffed as of 4 pm today and will remain open through Thursday.
Again, citizens are encouraged to make the appropriate arrangements for shelter and supplies before the weather conditions and roadways become hazardous. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division will continue monitoring conditions throughout the county and additional updates will be released as they become available.
For more information on weather forecasts, visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/chs/WinterStormJan2014.
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