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Officials encouraging motorists to stay off roads

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Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first. Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first.
COLUMBIA, SC - All motorists are urged to stay off of the roads as the threat of icy conditions continues to increase throughout Thursday. Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, in coordination with the S.C. Department of Public Safety and S.C. Department of Transportation strongly cautions motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve. 

Winter storm continues to impact lower South Carolina

Ravenel Bridge closed due to ice

SCDOT update 4:03 a.m. - A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to fall in much of the state. Most precipitation is reported as sleet or freezing rain.  Most counties, with the exception of coastal areas and the southern part of District Seven, are reporting that roads and bridges are covered with snow and ice.  Crews in all Districts except District 6 are currently plowing interstates and primary routes with all available snow plows. Temperatures are below freezing in much of the state, except for coastal counties.  Interstate conditions are in a passable condition.  Primary and secondary roads in much of the state remain covered with significant amounts snow and ice.  Fallen trees are a significant problem, especially in District 7.  Travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary (emergencies). SCDOT forces are working continuously on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials.  Contract forces and local government partners are also assisting with snow removal operations in many counties.

Engineering District 6 (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Jasper Counties) - Temperatures in District Six are ranging between 32 and 38 degrees.  Weather conditions are being reported as rain, cloudy or clear.  Pavement conditions are reported as wet.  County crews are monitoring and treating routes and bridges, as necessary, with anti-icing and deicing materials and equipment.  Several counties have reported a large number of fallen trees and vegetative debris.

The Ravenel Bridge is closed due to ice falling from towers and cables.  Don Holt and Wando Bridges remain open.

Winter weather driving tips

Utility companies began Monday positioning personnel and equipment to best address anticipated service outages.  However, worsening and widespread weather conditions could hamper restoration efforts. Residents should be prepared for the loss of electricity to their home for extended periods of time.

The following safety tips are recommended:
  1. While you still have electricity, keep mobile devices plugged in with a full charge.  When power goes out, use your phone sparingly, for emergency calls, etc.  
  2. Report downed power lines to the local power provider. Do not touch the wires or drive over them.
  3. Portable generators should not be used in any enclosed space, including a garage. Follow operating instructions and do not plug the generator into home electrical sockets.
  4. Gas stovetops, gas ovens and charcoal grills are unsafe heat sources for indoor use. These heat sources can release harmful or even fatal emissions when used in an enclosed space.
  5. Use battery powered lights instead of candles.  If you must use candles as emergency lighting, be aware they can be dangerous.  
  6. Individuals who have life sustaining medical needs like oxygen or who are in need of dialysis should call 9-1-1 in the event they do not have electricity.
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