NWS issues winter storm watch: Spartanburg County could see heavy snow, ice and wind Sunday

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of the Upstate in South Carolina, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina for all of Sunday.

A major snow and ice event with potentially damaging wind gusts is expected in Spartanburg Saturday night through Sunday.

A winter storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas shaded in blue.
A winter storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas shaded in blue.

Total snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches are expected over the northwest Piedmont, 4 to 6 inches along the I-85 corridor, 2 to 4 inches south of I-85, and ice accumulations of around three tenths of an inch possible.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible, according to the Weather Service.

Precipitation will begin Saturday evening and will gradually change over to a wintry mix across the region early Sunday morning, with mainly snow north of the I-85 corridor, according to the Weather Service.

A significant winter storm is forecast this weekend by the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
A significant winter storm is forecast this weekend by the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

A mix of all precipitation types is expected in the I-85 corridor. Freezing rain is most likely to affect the Lakelands and lower Piedmont of South Carolina and the Charlotte metro area Sunday morning. Gusty winds may contribute to power outages.

The precipitation should taper off Sunday afternoon and evening as a period of light snow. Black ice could be a problem each morning early next week.

Saturday will be cloudy with a high near 47.

Saturday night, there is a chance of rain showers before midnight, then snow showers likely, possibly mixed with rain. The snow could be heavy at times, with a low around 26. East northeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

For Sunday, expect snow showers, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet before 3 p.m., then snow showers, possibly mixed with sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. A high near 32 is forecast. The chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday night, there is a 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11 p.m., with a low around 26.

Monday, Martin Luther King Day, will be mostly sunny with a high near 41.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Contact Bob Montgomery at bob.montgomery@shj.com

This article originally appeared on Herald-Journal: Here's how much snow Spartanburg County SC could get this weekend

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