Winter weather expected for the state Sunday night will be more treacherous than the recent storm that hit the state. The state Highway Patrol says it could affect commuter traffic on Monday morning and into the afternoon.
SCDPS Director Mark Keel says he spent Friday working with other agencies and the State Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), reviewing winter weather plans and preparing to activate personnel this weekend if needed. He issued a statement saying that during winter weather emergencies, SCDPS will follow the lead of the State Emergency Preparedness Division in activating its emergency plan and will work closely with other state agencies including the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others, sharing resources such as four-wheel drive vehicles and personnel.
Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster, Jr. warns:
In studying the weather models, we are more concerned with this situation because of the threat of ice mixed with snow. We want motorists to understand that this could be a very different scenario than the recent Christmas snow when temperatures prevented roads from icing in most locations. It will be colder going into this weather event and could produce treacherous driving conditions throughout most of the state.