Blythewood, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia awaits round two of the Winter Mess, but areas like Blythewood have already been seeing snow since Tuesday morning.
Philip Coleman says he started work at 5 a.m. and looked outside to see snow just a couple of hours later.
"I was at work looking out the windows," said Coleman. "I'm like a little kid with some candy or something, I'm like 'Oh, wow! It's snowing, we don't get that in South Carolina that often!' So it's
Others, however are feeling the negative effects pile up as the snowfall increases. Scott Opolyn owns Scottie's Cafe and Grill and says not only will he close early, but he won't open on Wednesday.
"It just kills our business. It'll be today and we won't even be open tomorrow with it being bad," said Opolyn. "Probably by 3 p.m. we'll be home and we won't open again until Thursday morning. The
worst part is it's Valentine's Day weekend so it's going to hurt the businesses in Columbia."
Despite the loss in thousands of dollars, Opolyn says closing and knowing his employees are safe is worth more.
"It's those guys in the back and up front, they keep our restaurant going and our business alive so I have to look after them and make sure that they're safe and they're tucked in and not in this
weather," said Opolyn. "If they have an accident on the way home or coming in they wreck, it's my conscience."
Before the owner closed his doors for the day, a rush of regulars came out around noon to get a hot meal before the roads turned slick. Nicholas Sambenedetto, a Philadelpia native, says that people
can get around in this weather as long as they're careful.
"SCDOT sanded the roads, the hills, the bridges and stuff so I don't let any of that bother me," said Sambenedetto. "I grew up driving up north so I don't worry about my driving I worry everybody else's. You just, defensive driving, take your time, plan ahead."
Sambenedetto said the part that concerns him is when the temperatures drop and turn the water on the roads into ice.
As the night gets colder, the roads are expected to become more dangerous so if you don't have to be out, avoid getting behind the wheel.