The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will
be monitoring conditions on the interstate highways in the Upstate region of
South Carolina on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 and into Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. The
weather forecast indicates a slight chance of freezing precipitation from
Friday night into Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to rise on
Saturday, turning precipitation into rain.
SCDOT crews are pretreating some areas as a precaution.
Trucks have been loaded with materials and are ready to assist. SCDOT
maintenance units are stocked with salt, sand, brine and the other materials
used in de-icing operations.
Following pretreating operations, skeleton crews will begin
a shift starting at midnight Friday in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester,
Chesterfield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Lancaster, Laurens, Newberry, Union and
York counties. Other counties will have crews on-call and ready to respond
should the weather take a turn for the worse.
SCDOT urges motorists to use caution at all times,
particularly in icy conditions. Caution should be used for your safety and for
those who are working to keep the highways open.