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Freezing rain advisory in effect for Lancaster County

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By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a freezing rain advisory for Lancaster County from 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. 

The entire watch area includes the Piedmont, the north midlands and Pee Dee regions of South Carolina. 

A freezing rain advisory means that periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and are urged to slow down and use caution while driving.

According to the weather service, ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch are expected across the northern portion of the county. 

It could especially affect travel Monday night, with ice expected to accumulate to trees, where weaker tree limbs may fall resulting in isolated power outages across the county.

Motorists and pedestrians should be prepared for very dangerous conditions. Bridges will be especially treacherous, as well as untreated roadways and walkways.

The latest weather forecast for Lancaster County calls for temperatures this evening in the lower 30s, with northeast winds, 5 to 10 mph.

Residents are urged to report downed trees and dangerous conditions to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

You can also use www.Facebook.Com/US.Nationalweatherservice.Columbia.Gov to relay severe weather reports.