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January 24
SCDOT Activates Winter Weather Road Conditions Online Jan. 24
SCDOT Crews Prepare for Storm’s Impact
 
 
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has activated its online site for winter weather road conditions. For current conditions, go to www.scdot.org and click on “Winter Weather Road Conditions.”
There is a winter storm predicted to impact South Carolina beginning Friday, Jan. 25.  Current forecasts for severity and accumulation vary widely as well as the counties that will be affected.  As the storm event gets closer, it is expected that the forecasts will be more consistent.  Currently, the affected area is predicted to be west of I-95 and north of Interstate 20.  It is very likely that road conditions will be very poor if a significant storm hits.  SCDOT will focus primarily on interstate routes and move to lower priority routes as conditions allow. 
SCDOT’s response varies by area of the state:
In Kershaw, Lee Lexington and Richland counties, crews will begin Friday as a normal day and will be prepared to respond dependent upon the event severity. Snow and ice equipment is being hooked up. Crews will report Friday afternoon and evening if needed.
In Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry counties, SCDOT crews  will be pretreating with salt brine. These operations are scheduled to begin no later than 7 a.m. with the interstates as the first priority followed by the county’s bridges.
McCormick, Edgefield, and Saluda counties will begin Friday as a normal day. The weather forecast will be monitored and adjustments will be made as necessary.
Oconee and Pickens counties will continue with regular schedule Friday morning with the decision made later to send employees home to begin shift work. Crews in Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties will begin pretreatment today and Friday morning. Spartanburg is currently pretreating overpasses north of I-85.
York, Cherokee, Union, Chester, Lancaster and Fairfield county crews will begin pre-treatment activities (salt brine) Thursday during daylight hours. Regular de-icing operational shifts will begin Friday morning and last until Saturday morning at this time.
Darlington, Marlboro, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties are applying brine on bridges and interstate routes Thursday.
Roads in Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties are not forecast to be impacted by the storm and the predicted storm severity does not warrant assistance crews at this time.
In Aiken, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Bamberg, Allendale and Hampton counties, salt spreaders will be loaded Friday morning. Each county will be monitoring conditions and have crews on standby, if needed.
The State Traffic Management Center will be operational.
The SCDOT Director of Maintenance staff is monitoring the forecast and conditions statewide.
 
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