Snow did indeed fall in South Carolina’s Upstate Wednesday night and Thursday morning — just not as much as forecasters predicted.
The winter storm moved out of South Carolina by mid-morning Thursday, leaving less than two inches of snow at all but the highest mountain elevations. The National Weather Service said no frozen precipitation was falling in the state early Thursday. Rural areas around Bethune and Chesterfield in the state’s northeastern corner also recorded between 1-2 inches of snow.
A winter weather advisory expired late in the morning. Air temperatures are generally approaching 40 degrees Upstate and mid-to-upper 40s across the rest of the state.
The National Weather Service reports the mountains in northern Greenville County got up to 4 inches of snow. The Greenville-Spartanburg area got less than 2 inches. About 1 inch was reported in the Rock Hill region. The highest levels of 6.5 inches were estimated in the Oconee County mountains near Georgia and North Carolina borders.
While Gov. Nikki Haley had declared a state of emergency to galvanize the state’s disaster response agencies, there was comparatively little need. Little more than 3,000 outages were reported statewide, with a majority in the Charleston area outside of the snowfall.
The state Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol reported no interstate closures.