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Holly Hill Snow

A heavy layer of snow cover The T&D Region last week, with the Holly Hill area receiving more than five inches.

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:

Bamberg County

Ehrhardt -- 4.5 inches

Four miles southwest of Branchville -- 4 inches

Olar -- 2 inches

Bamberg -- 1.4 inches

Denmark -- .8 inches

Calhoun County

Cameron -- 5.8 inches

Three miles east-northeast of Saint Matthews -- 2.3 inches

Orangeburg County

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 County

Barnwell -- .1 inches

Clarendon County

One mile northeast of Manning -- 3 inches

Lee County

Seven miles north-northwest of Oswego -- 6 inches

Bishopville -- 5 inches

Eight miles north of Bishopville -- 3 inches

Sumter County

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

Allendale County

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Fairfax -- 2 inches

Beaufort County

Hilton Head Island -- 4.5 inches

Bluffton -- 4 inches

Berkeley County

One mile northeast of College Park -- 6.8 inches

One mile west of Sangaree -- 6.8 inches

Charleston County

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

Colleton County

Three miles south of Cottageville -- 5.3 inches

Bennetts Point -- 5 inches

Dorchester County

Three miles southwest of Summerville -- 7.3 inches

One mile south of Summerville -- 6.8 inches

Hampton County

Yemassee -- 4 inches

Estill -- 2 inches

Jasper County

Two miles east of Ridgeland -- 6 inches

Ridgeland -- 4 inches

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Staff Writer

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

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