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Snow has started to fall in Orangeburg.

The National Weather Service is expecting a total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch. The snow is expected to fall mainly before 8 p.m.

Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 33 degrees.

One to three inches could fall in the eastern portion of Orangeburg County.

Skies are expected to clear tonight with a low around 21 degrees.

A winter storm warning means that heavy snow is expected, which will lead to difficult travel conditions particularly during the evening commute.

Locations expected to receive the most snow include Holly Hill, Vance, Eutawville as well as Santee. In Calhoun County, Lone Star and in Bamberg County, areas east of U.S. 601, are also expected to experience some of the most snow.

Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads unless necessary. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Also, the American Red Cross announced a shelter will open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Orangeburg City Gym at 410 Broughton Street. It will offer cots, blankets, food, water and comfort for anyone who needs it.

“The Red Cross is dedicated to providing a warm, dry place for residents” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO. “We hope everyone continues to pay attention to local weather forecasts, and if they’re staying at home, we urge people to heat their homes safely.”

The Red Cross is in communication with emergency management to see where any additional shelters may be necessary. Those seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if possible: prescription medications; appropriate bedding, blankets, and pillows; personal hygiene items; and a change of clothes. It’s important to bring special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

The town of Santee announced town hall has closed and the meeting scheduled for Wednesday night has been cancelled.


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