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Snowfall turns Columbia, Midlands into winter wonderland

The National Weather Service in Columbia saw its highest amount of snow in 8 years.
Credit: Tisdale family
Tisdales enjoying snow in Northeast Columbia Credit: Tisdale family

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Snow--at time heavy snow--fell across the Midlands Friday night into early Saturday morning, blanketing central South Carolina with some of the highest snow totals since in almost eight years.

The first flakes began around 6:40 p.m. in some areas, including in Winnsboro, where News19 has a reporter. Over the next two hours, the area that started seeing flakes spread. 

By 9 p.m. even areas in the City of Columbia were getting snow, with accumulation on railings and bushes, and finally even on roadways and parking lots. For places such as Camden and Winnsboro, there was snow on roads too.

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The National Weather Service in Columbia's office--located at Columbia Metropolitan Airport--had one inch of snow before 10 p.m. By midnight, that total had doubled to two inches. 

It had been over 2,900 days since that much snow had fallen there, back on February 12, 2014, nearly 8 years ago. 

At WLTX studios, we recorded at least two inches, and there was a report of 2.75 inches from the Summit neighborhood in northeast Richland County. 

Here are the storm totals we've received so far (in inches):

Camden - 3.0 

Lexington - 2.7

Blythewood - 2.5 

Irmo - 2.3 

Ridgeway - 2.0 

Bishopville - 2.0 

Little Mountain - 2.0 

Winnsboro - 2.0 

Forest Acres - 1.5

Sumter - 1.0

While the precipitation ends, the hazards don't. Temperatures aren't expected to go above freezing until at least midday, although the sun will shine. 

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