By: Safaniya Stevenson
Snow fell in parts of Columbia and surrounding areas on Saturday morning. Some areas got upwards of four inches.
The snowfall broke a record in the Midlands. This is the earliest snow on record. The previous earliest snowfall was reported on November 9, 1913.
"It was very unusual. Normally most of our winter weather events occur in January or February," says meteorologist Steve Naglic.
Naglic is a inclement weather specialist at The National Weather Service in Columbia. He says that the Midlands should be more concerned about freezing rain and ice. In the past, freezing rain has caused more devastation in Columbia than to snow.
"We are going to have widespread power outages with freezing rain events versus a wet snow event. We also have more trees accumulate ice and fall taking down power lines," explains Naglic.
The Gilbert area was one of the hardest hit. Some people lost power as the snow and ice downed limbs and power lines.SCE&G reported that around 12,000 customers were without power in Saluda and Lexington counties.
The snow and ice even shut down both east and westbound traffic on Interstate 20 near Calks Ferry Road. That section of the highway was temporarily shut down while the South Carolina Department of Transportation treated the roads.
Some meteorologist say that this winter may be a colder and icier one compared to last year's winter in Columbia. They say that people should start preparing now for inclement weather and have safety plans for snow storms and icy conditions.