Weather clears, but snow, ice still remain on some roads

Published 1:25 pm Saturday, January 30, 2010

The second significant winter storm of the season has passed, but the several inches of snow it left may continue to cause&bsp;problems with travel around the area, particularly on secondary roads.&bsp; Temperatures are expected to warm enough&bsp;to melt some of the snow and ice during the day, but then will fall rapidly tonight to a forecasted low of about 17, causing some of the melted snow to freeze again.&bsp;Snow&bsp;began falling early afternoon&bsp;on Friday in parts of the Thermal Belt&bsp;and left&bsp;accumulations of close to six inches in some areas, including Saluda. Snowfall totals were even higher to the northwest where&bsp;Fletcher reported more than 11 inches, and Arden more than nine.&bsp;Precipitation began&bsp;to change from snow to sleet and freezing rain from the southwest beginning Saturday morning. The number of reported power outages was rising in Polk County on Saturday morning, but declined later in the day.&bsp;Close to 100 outages were reported in Polk County, and 5,184 were reported in Greenville County.&bsp; Areas to the south saw more freezing rain and sleet, but power outages were limited.

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