The snow that everyone graved finally came to the Midlands. The same storm system that affected Birmingham and Atlanta also affected Columbia, SC. Rain and sleet began to fall before noon on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to measure and didn’t cause any problems. The lower atmosphere was quite dry so that it would take hours of light precipitation to moisten the atmosphere enough to allow for any significant precipitation.
Finally a band of rain/freezing rain moved across the southern half of the Midlands just before dark. This was followed by snow in the northern part of the Midlands. It eventually reached Columbia in the form of freezing rain. At WLTX we pick up an ice accumulation of 1/10 of an inch before the precipitation changed over to snow. The southern third of the Midlands saw ice accumulations of a ¼ to ½ inch.
The air was chilled by the rain/sleet/snow mix and temperatures fell below freezing over all of the Midlands shortly after sunset. The precipitation changed to snow which fell mainly from 7:30 p.m. to about 2 a.m. across the Midlands. Snow ended from west to east and the amounts didn’t vary a great deal across the Midlands.
|A map of the midlands of South Carolina showing total snow depth as of Wednesday morning January 29, 2014. This is from preliminary data. Click on the image for a larger view. Image Credit: NOAA/NWS/CAE.|
Amounts were generally 2 to 3 inches across much of the area. It was a wet snow which made for great snowmen and snowball fights. Here is a view of the region from the satellite the next day: