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A cold, rainy weekend is being forecast for The T&D Region. Forecasters are not ruling out the possibility that some wintry precipitation could land north of the area.

The National Weather Service on Monday was forecasting a rainy cold weekend with highs in the middle 40s both Saturday and Sunday for the Orangeburg area.

Things could get interesting overnight Saturday and Sunday as lows will be around 35 Sunday morning with an 80 percent chance of rain. There is a 50 percent of rain Sunday night with a low of 33 Monday morning.

Models indicate The T&D Region will see cold rain, but a mix of wintry precipitation is forecast near the North Carolina border. Forecasts are expected to change as the event draws closer.

A National Weather Service statement says, "a farther south track with a strong upper system would indicate a threat of winter precipitation even in the Central Savannah River Area."

"Based on the ensemble guidance at this time, we believe the threat of significant winter precipitation during the Saturday to Monday timeframe is about 30 percent in Lancaster County in the north to just 5 to 10 percent farther south in the Columbia to Augusta area," the NWS states.

Early forecasts have the wintry precipitation line reaching as far south as Newberry and Winnsboro.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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