Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A departing winter storm left the Midlands with a mixed bag of precipitation.
It produced rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Accumulations of each left the Midlands reeling from the impacts of dangerous roads to power outages.
The precipitation came in waves.The first batch occurred on Tuesday with sleet and snow over the northern half of the Midlands, but rain fell in the southern half.
A second batch of precipitation moved through the region on Wednesday. It ranged from freezing rain in the south to a wintry mix in the central sections of the Midlands to mainly snow in the north.
There was a lull in the precipitation late in the evening followed by a brief period of freezing rain and sleet early Thursday morning. Another period of light snow finished off the precipitation mid to late morning on Thursday. Skies cleared before sunset.
Preliminary reports indicate that the snow was heaviest in the northern Midlands. The two-day totals reached 6-8 inches in the northwestern corner of Fairfield county and northern Newberry county. Generally, 4-6 inches of snow (with some sleet) fell during the two days in Newberry, Fairfield, and Kershaw counties.
A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain fell in the central Midlands. Accumulations will generally in the 1-4 inch range for snow and sleet with ice accumulations of .25-.50 inches.
The southern Midlands saw some sleet with accumulations of 1-2 inches, however the biggest problem was ice. Accumulations of .75 to 1.25 inches of ice brought down trees and power lines.
The forecast for warmer temperatures will help melt the snow and ice. However, much of the sleet will be slow to thaw. Traces of the winter weather may still be visible into the first of next week.