It many ways it was the “perfect storm.”
Frigid arctic air filtered into The T&D Region on New Year's Eve. Several shots of reinforcing cold air followed, keeping the entire area in a deep freeze for about a week.
High temperatures hovered in the middle to lower 30s and lows dropped into the mid-teens throughout the week.
Plenty of cold air was in place, setting up the region for wintry precipitation on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
The first flakes in the area were seen shortly after 1 p.m. The intensity increased between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The snowfall in the Orangeburg area lasted through 4 p.m.
Locations farther east within The T&D Region saw the largest snowfall totals. Places farther west saw but a dusting.
The storm caused the closure of area schools for several days due to icy road conditions. The City of Orangeburg opened a shelter at its Broughton Street gym for those needing to get out of the cold.
During the height of the storm, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported 186 collisions in the Troop 7 region compared to 28 on a normal day. Troop 7 consists of Bamberg, Calhoun, Orangeburg and four other counties.
There were no reports of any fatal accidents, according to the Highway Patrol.
Temperatures began to warm up Monday, Jan. 8.That helped melt the remaining snow away.
When all was said and done, snowfall totals varied from the Midlands to the Lowcountry.
Here are some of the snowfall totals in The T&D Region:
Ehrhardt -- 4.5 inches
Four miles southwest of Branchville -- 4 inches
Olar -- 2 inches
Bamberg -- 1.4 inches
Denmark -- .8 inches
Cameron -- 5.8 inches
Three miles east-northeast of Saint Matthews -- 2.3 inches
Holly Hill -- 5.4 inches
Orangeburg -- 5 inches
Six miles east-southeast of Wilkinson Heights -- 5 inches
Eutawville -- 3.3 inches
Bowman -- 3 inches
Cope -- 1.9 inches
Five miles east of Woodford -- .5 inches
North -- .5 inches
Here are snowfall totals elsewhere:
Barnwell -- .1 inches
One mile northeast of Manning -- 3 inches
Seven miles north-northwest of Oswego -- 6 inches
Bishopville -- 5 inches
Eight miles north of Bishopville -- 3 inches
One mile south-southwest of Sumter -- 7 inches
Sumter -- 6.1 inches
Two miles west-northwest of Dalzell -- 5.5 inches
One mile south of Millwood -- 4.5 inches
Two miles east-southeast of Oakland -- 4.3 inches
Three miles west-northwest of Oswego -- 4.1 inches
Two miles southeast of Sumter-- 3.8 inches
Fairfax -- 2 inches
Hilton Head Island -- 4.5 inches
Bluffton -- 4 inches
One mile northeast of College Park -- 6.8 inches
One mile west of Sangaree -- 6.8 inches
One mile south-southeast of Ladson -- 6.5 inches
One mile southwest of Goose Creek -- 5.3 inches
One mile north-northwest of Hanahan -- 5.2 inches
Two miles west of North Charleston -- 5 inches
One mile west-southwest of Charleston -- 4 inches
Three miles south of Cottageville -- 5.3 inches
Bennetts Point -- 5 inches
Three miles southwest of Summerville -- 7.3 inches
One mile south of Summerville -- 6.8 inches
Yemassee -- 4 inches
Estill -- 2 inches
Two miles east of Ridgeland -- 6 inches
Ridgeland -- 4 inches