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Freezing rain creating slick, dangerous conditions

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Freezing rain continues to fall across the Lowcountry on Wednesday morning as a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 5 p.m.

Road conditions are slick and dangerous after hours of freezing rain coated roads across the Charleston area. For the rest of the morning, expect light to moderate freezing rain, sleet and even snow mixing in before Winter Storm 2014 winds down after lunchtime.

Additional ice accumulations of 1/10 of an inch are possible for Coastal Counties. A dusting of snow closer to the beaches and just inland is also in the forecast.

Travel is still not recommended as many bridges remain closed. The Ravenel Bridge, Don Holt Bridge and others have been closed for almost 12 hours. For a full list of bridge and road closures, click here.

Temperatures will only reach freezing Wednesday, which will set a new record low maximum temperature for this day. The current record is 41 degrees set in 2000.

Wednesday night, the wintry mix will move out, but cold air piles in and will result in low temperatures around 20 degrees overnight inland and upper 20’s along the coastline.

On Thursday, temperatures rebound only into the 40’s, but 60’s are on the way for the weekend.

Crews in West Ashley worked hard early Wednesday morning to successfully restore power in that area, but power remains out in areas of James Island, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and other areas.

As the winter storm delivers its last punch, the lingering effects of the storm are prevalent.

The roads remain slick and the freezing rain continues. Many reports of trees hanging low into the roadways after being weighed down by the ice have come in.

In Mt. Pleasant, residents saw only freezing rain and some sleet until around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when a light snow began to fall for about 10 minutes.

Mt. Pleasant police still have the Ravenel Bridge blocked off from traffic. Visible ice is on the roadways, while tree limbs and power lines and power lines are down in some areas.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

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