Snow is forecast for SC as confidence grows, but wintry mix could come in winter storm

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Editor's note: The latest forecast shows heavy mixed precipitation is possible with snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches of sleet, snow, and ice are expected in the South Carolina foothills. Ice accumulation of one quarter to one half inch with light sleet and snow accumulations are expected, according to National Weather Service. Read the latest here.

Confidence grew Wednesday afternoon in forecasts for a winter storm that produces accumulating snow across the greater Greenville area during the day on Sunday.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service and AccuWeather said some uncertainty remained, and they said sleet and freezing rain could be included in precipitation from late Saturday night through Sunday, but at least some snow seemed more likely.

The Weather Channel on Wednesday afternoon forecast a 100% chance of snow with some ice or freezing rain possible in the city of Greenville — with 5 to more than 8 inches of snow and ice accumulation.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Walker said more accumulation couldn't be ruled out — but neither could less. The specific track taken by the storm system will determine precipitation and temperatures at various areas from Seneca and Anderson to Spartanburg and Gaffney.

A track further to the south than what is currently forecast would bring more snow and to a wider area of South Carolina, Walker said. A track further north could bring more freezing rain, which can be particularly dangerous for travel and power outages.

Like the track of the storm, the timing of its arrival will play a factor, too.

Meteorologists will learn more on Thursday and Friday.

"Across the Upstate, where it might snow, it might mostly be sleet or freezing rain — it's all at play right now," National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Moore said Wednesday.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook posted Wednesday by the National Weather Service included this message: "All interests should closely monitor this system since winter weather impacts could be substantial but remain highly uncertain at present."

Temperatures will drop as low as 26 degrees Saturday night in Greenville, according to the National Weather Service.

The heaviest snowfall in the area from Easley and Greenville to Greer was expected to come from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Tamia Boyd is a Michigan native who covers breaking news in Greenville. Email her at tboyd@gannett.com, and follow her on Twitter @tamiamb.

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