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Winter storm live updates: Black ice expected to create hazardous driving conditions

Greenville News logo Greenville News 12/9/2018 Mike Ellis and Gabe Cavallaro and Mollie R. Simon and Anna Lee and Nathaniel Cary and Haley Walters
a close up of a tree: A downed tree blocks traffic on Farrs Bridge Road Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018. © SABRINA SCHAEFFER/Staff A downed tree blocks traffic on Farrs Bridge Road Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018.

Most of the Upstate remains under a winter storm advisory until 10 a.m. - noon Tuesday – keep checking this page for live updates as the weather impacts our region.

Greenlink resumes normal schedule

6:30 p.m. | Greenville County 

Greenlink fixed route and paratransit services will operate on the regular schedule Tuesday, according to an alert from the city of Greenville. 

Emergency rooms see fewer patients 

6 p.m. | Greenville County

Greenville Health System emergency rooms saw fewer than average patients over the weekend as many heeded warnings to stay off dangerous roads, GHS spokesperson Sandy Dees said Monday evening. 

"Emergency departments did treat multiple weather-related conditions during the storm, including patients injured in sledding and tubing accidents and those injured in motor-vehicle accidents caused by icy roads," she said. 

Specific stats on the number patients were not immediately available Monday. 

About 100 GHS employees slept at GHS campuses Sunday night to avoid dangerous roads. Some employees are expected to spend the night again on Monday after reports of more icy conditions Monday night, Dees said. 

Anderson District 5 schools delay class

5:40 p.m. | Anderson County

Anderson District 5 will begin two hours late Tuesday. 

Many remain without power into Monday night

5:30 p.m. | Greenville County

Thousands of Duke Energy Carolina customers are without power Monday night after more than 24 hours, in some cases. Duke Energy hasn't said when power will be restored, leaving residents frustrated.  

Full story: Long power outages frustrate Greenville residents

Ice concerns begin as temperatures dip

4:45 p.m. | Greenville County 

There is a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday for widespread black ice that will begin forming tonight by 7-10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. 

The advisory covers most of the Upstate where black ice will form as temperatures fall below freezing. Temperatures in Greenville are expected to dip to 28 degrees. 

Snowfall totals coming in 

2:45 p.m. | Greenville County

Areas of Greenville County received anywhere from one to 13 inches of snow accumulation over the last couple days, according to a report by the National Weather Service. 

YMCA of Greenville closing early

1:15 p.m. | Greenville County

YMCA of Greenville will close at 7:30 p.m. Monday. 

Schools closed Tuesday

12:45 p.m. | Greenville County

Greenville County Schools will be closed Tuesday.

Developing story: Greenville County Schools will be closed again on Tuesday

Downed trees cause problems 

12:30 p.m. | Greenville County 

An increasing number of road closures are being reported into Monday as crews discover downed trees and limbs that are blocking roads and knocking out power lines. As of 11 a.m. more than 20 highways were impassable. 

Full story: Why Greenville road closures are growing, not shrinking, after winter storm

Power outages linger into Monday

12 p.m. | Greenville County

Thousands of Upstate Duke Energy customers remain without power by noon on Monday. 

Duke Energy is assessing and repairing damage across its service area. Earlier this morning there were 175,000 customers without power, according to a statement made on Twitter. 

The power company is documenting where some repairs are being made on Twitter

a close up of a map: Duke Energy outage map around noon on Monday, December 10, 2018. © Duke Energy Duke Energy outage map around noon on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Hazardous road conditions continue

10 a.m. | Greenville County

Monday is another wet morning in Greenville County, and road hazards continue. South Carolina Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be on the lookout for collisions, traffic light malfunctions and downed trees and power lines.

Here's a list: Where the hazardous road conditions are right now

Thousands still without power

7:30 a.m. | Greenville County

More than 50,000 Duke Energy customers in South Carolina were in the dark Monday morning after heavy snow and ice downed trees and power lines across the region.

In Greenville County, nearly 33,000 Duke Energy customers were without power Monday morning at 7 a.m. and another 14,000 outages were reported in Spartanburg. 1,200 outages were reported in Pickens and 44 in Anderson.

More than 4,400 Blue Ridge Electric customers were without power Monday morning, according to the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives.

More: Thousands still without power Monday and more outages are possible

Storm warning remains, as snow tapers off

7 a.m. | Greenville

A winter storm warning remains in effect through at least 2 p.m. Monday, though snow and ice accumulation has largely tapered off across the Upstate.

Rain is likely through most of the area until 10 a.m. Monday, with a high temperature of about 39 degrees. Little to no more snow or freezing rain is expected across the region, but light snow may continue through the early morning in the mountains and into North Carolina.

Roads across the region remain treacherous and temperatures hovering around freezing will keep roads in some pockets of the Upstate from clearing, according to the National Weather Service station at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

City of Greer hours

9 p.m. | Greer

City of Greer offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday due to the winter storm. All public safety and storm management personnel will report on a regular schedule.

Pickens County on two-hour delay

7:30 p.m. | Pickens County

Pickens County government will be operating on a delayed start Monday. Offices will open at 10 a.m. 

Power outages and downed trees

7 p.m. | Greenville

Crews are currently working to repair downed power lines and trees in the following locations in the city of Greenville:  Lowndes Hill Road, North Main Street,Isabell Lane

Isabell Court, McDaniel Avenue at Crescent Court, Alameda Street at Clark Street, Converse Street and Azalea Court. 

Charter outages continue

6:35 p.m. | Greenville County 

Charter cable and internet customers were experiencing outages in Taylors and other areas into Sunday evening. 

"The vast majority of outages following this snow storm are caused by loss of power. Spectrum services are often restored with, or immediately following, restoration of power at the customer’s location," Patti Michel, senior director of regional communications for Charter Communications said. "However, in some cases, Spectrum services may still be affected even after power returns to a home or business, due to a loss of power to the Spectrum network nearby. Outages caused by damage to Spectrum’s network or lines will be restored by our technicians as soon as they can safely access these sites."

City, county offices closed

6 p.m. | Greenville County 

All Greenville County offices are closed Monday. 

Greenlink public transportation has canceled service for Monday, and Greenville City Hall and city community centers will open at noon. Solid waste will operate its regular schedule tomorrow but will not collect yard waste, according to a release. 

City of Greenville working on 'list of priorities'

5:10 p.m. | Greenville

The city's public works department is working into Monday to clear roads, beginning with a list of priorities, according to a release. The list includes 35 bridges located within city limits, major thoroughfares with steep grades, parking garage entrances and major intersections. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if they must travel on icy roads.

Winter storm warning extended; record amount of snow recorded

4:30 p.m. | Greenville County

The National Weather Service in Greer has extended the winter storm warning until 2 p.m. Monday. Additional wintry precipitation will likely redevelop overnight, and wind gusts up to 25 mph are expected, the Weather Service said.

"Many locations will see additional snow showers and occasional sleet, while other locations could see brief freezing rain or pockets of freezing temperatures that keep roads treacherous."

At 4:27 p.m., the Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport set a record daily maximum snowfall of 2.8 inches, breaking the old record of 0.7 inches set in 1989. 

Power still out for tens of thousands

4 p.m. | Greenville County

More than 54,000 Duke Energy customers in Greenville County remained without power, according to the utility's outage map. 

At 3:45 p.m., Blue Ridge Electric reported 7,617 outages, with more than 3,500 in Greenville County and 2,800 in Pickens County. "Crews are continuing to make steady progress in restoring service," said spokesman Terry Ballenger, "Four main three-phase circuits have been re-energized thus far, leaving eight more that are still undergoing repairs, although four of these in Greenville County are still off because of damage to the transmission line that feeds them."

Restoration of power in progress

12 p.m. | Greenville County

Duke Energy has mobilized nearly 9,000 personnel to respond to the 240,000 outages reported across the Carolinas, according to a release.

It typically takes Duke 12 to 24 hours to "fully assess damage from a significant weather event, even while simultaneously restoring power," the release said.

More: Greenville winter weather: Places to stay if your power is out

Duke Energy on when power will be restored

12 p.m. | Greenville County

Restoration of power in Greenville County is expected to be a "multi-day event," though no exact timeline is known at this point, said Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier. 

Over 50,000 Duke customers are now without power, according to the outage map.

More: Power restoration for Duke Energy customers will be 'multi-day event'

Flights canceled

11:20 a.m. | Greenville County

Many flights leaving Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Sunday have been canceled. Check the full list of cancellations here.

More: Majority of GSP flights canceled amid Upstate winter weather

Greenville County Schools announce closure for Monday

11 a.m. | Greenville County

Greenville County students will get Monday off due to the winter weather. As of 11 a.m. on Sunday, 18 schools were without power with "with no estimated time of restoration." 

More: Greenville County Schools closed Monday

Power outages increase in Greenville County

9 a.m. | Greenville County

Close to 30,000 customers are without power in the Greenville County area now, according to to Duke Energy's live outage tracker.

Traffic collisions, downed trees & power lines

7:25 a.m. | Greenville County

Hazardous road conditions in Greenville County Sunday morning include downed trees and power lines in multiple locations as well as vehicle collisions and one incidence of flooding, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Developing list: Where the hazardous road conditions are right now

Tree in roadway locations:

  • S.C. 291 at I-385 southbound
  • Pelham Road at Haywood Road
  • Locust Hill Road at U.S. 25
  • Devenger Road at Wycliffe Drive
  • State Park Road at Garden Terrace Road
  • 4260 Sandy Flat Rd at West Darby Road
  • Dallas Road at Laurens Road

  • 1400 Reid School Road in Taylors

Power lines in road:

  • Ikes Road at Edwards Road in Taylors
  • Intersection of Fews Bridge Road and Groce Meadow Road in Blue Ridge area
  • Intersection of Pelham Road and Patewood
  • Intersection of Pelham Road and Brandywine Court
  • Intersection of Artillery Road and Bristol Drive

Collisions:

  • 1090 Old Boiling Springs Road at Boiling Springs Road and Carriage Park Circle
  • 4927 White Horse Road
  • West Parker Road
  • South Washington Avenue
  • McKelvey Road
  • Grove Road downtown Greenville
  • Scuffletown Road in Simpsonville area
  • I-85 at exit 51 northbound
  • State Park Road at Garden Terrace Road
  • 700 S.C. 418 at Fairview Road 

Roadway flooding

  • Pete Hollis Boulevard at Montgomery Avenue

Waking up to snow & power outages

7 a.m. | Greenville County

About 25,000 customers are without power in Greenville County Sunday morning, according to Duke Energy's live outage tracker, with a heavier concentration of outages on the eastern edges of the city of Greenville toward the Spartanburg County line.

6:00 a.m. | Greenville County

Snow has accumulated on the ground across parts of Greenville County, including the city of Greenville, as the region continues to feel the effects of what the National Weather Service is calling a "major" winter storm. A "moderate to heavy" mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is forecast to continue in the Upstate, especially in the morning.

A brief respite from the precipitation could come this afternoon into the evening, before snow and rain redevelop Sunday night, potentially adding additional light accumulation.

Precipitation is projected to continue through Monday, potentially into the evening.

Power outages pick up across region

1:00 a.m. | Greenville County

More than 2,500 homes are out of power in Greenville County, primarily near the North Carolina border with hundreds of others out of power near Taylors. Snow is falling and sticking in more than an inch in parts of the Upstate.

12:00 a.m. | Greenville County

More than 800 homes are out of power in Greenville County, according to a live outage tracker by Duke Energy. There are about 225 people out of power near the intersection of Stallings Road and Rutherford Road near Wade Hampton. Hundreds of others are out of power in the northern part of South Carolina near Tryon, North Carolina.

11:15 p.m. | Pickens County

Emergency officials increased their level of readiness Saturday night and are encouraging Pickens County residents who need shelter or power for medical devices due to power outages to call 864-898-5353.

Overnight forecast gets more specific

10:30 p.m. | Powdersville

Snow is sticking to the ground in northern Anderson County and Greenville County. 

10:10 p.m. | Greenville

The National Weather Service issued an updated forecast: "Moderate to heavy precipitation will fall as a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region, especially tonight through Sunday, and gradually taper off Sunday night through Monday."

10:05 p.m. | Greenville

Parts of Greenville County are expected to see more than an inch an hour of overnight snow before 4 a.m., according to an hourly forecast from the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to make way for a wintery mix of rain or sleet and come back around noon.

Power outages & traffic incidents begin

10:00 p.m. | Anderson

Power outages are minimal in the Upstate, with 14 homes out of power near Centerville, according to Duke Energy's live outage tracker. Greenville and Oconee counties are reporting one or fewer outages.

9:35 p.m. | Greenville

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is listing nearly two dozen wrecks in Spartanburg County. There are 10 current wrecks in Greenville County.

'Pure' snow expected overnight

9 p.m. | Greenville

The winter storm moving through the Upstate has become snow in a few isolated spots on Saturday night, including in Taylors and at the fish hatchery in Oconee County.

For other parts of the Upstate, the storm remains rain or sleet.

By the time most people in the Upstate wake up on Sunday, the snowfall overnight will have ceased and moved into a wintry mix, with some areas still getting snow but most areas getting rain or sleet, said NWS meteorologist Jake Wimberley, based in Greer.

The snow will likely return later Sunday, he said.

This article originally appeared on The Greenville News: Winter storm live updates: Black ice expected to create hazardous driving conditions

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