At 4:39 Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said Laurens County could get snow, with Red Cross safety tips.
The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10 pm tonight until noon on Wednesday. A dusting to an inch is in the forecast, although the first phone message said "Heavy Snow Alert!" The Upstate area affected also includes Greenville, Uniona nd Pickens. Since temperatures are expected in the 30s, the snow is expected to sick, and roads could be icy Wednesday morning, the advisory said. TV forecasts are sayign the snow could fall between might Tuesday (tonight) and 8 am on Wednesday. Some areas won't see anything except flurries, these forecasts say.
The Wednesday night low is expected to be 16 degrees, and the high Thursday is forecast in the 40s.
American Red Cross Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips
Greenville — Cold temperatures and snow are creeping into South Carolina. During this round of winter weather, the Red Cross expects many people to crank up the heat. In addition to using care when heating your home, it’s also important to drive safely and take steps to protect pipes from freezing.
“Our area is getting a taste of winter during the next couple of days,” said Lisa Colby, executive director of the American Red Cross of Upstate South Carolina. “We all need to remember to pay attention to how we drive on the roadways and how we heat our homes.”
Nearly half of the households in this country use alternative heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or wood/coal stoves to stay warm. Fixed and portable space heaters, including wood stoves, are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths.
If someone is using a space heater, the Red Cross recommends that people look for a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over. Space heaters should be placed on a level, hard and nonflammable surface in the home. Please keep the heater away from flammable materials, pets, and children.
While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, we offer these safety tips for times when you must drive.
- Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
- This is a good time to remind everyone that they should have a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to get there.
- If you drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on icy roadways.
- Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
In terms of keeping pipes safe:
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.