Winter Weather

DEFINITIONS
  • Winter Weather USCPDWinter storm watch – Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is possible in the area.
  • Winter storm warning – Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in the area.
  • Freezing rain – Rain that freezes upon hitting the ground by creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees, and power lines.
  • Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet can create moisture on the roads that freezes, becoming slippery.
  • Frost/Freeze warning – Issued by the National Weather Service when below freezing temperatures are expected in the area.
GENERAL TIPS
  • Monitor local news media for weather reports and emergency information
  • Look to the University website, www.sc.edu, for class cancellations/University closings
  • Stay clear of dropped or sagging power lines
  • Avoid areas with many trees; snow or ice may cause tree limbs to fall
  • Stay inside if possible
  • Use extreme caution when walking outside or driving
  • If you must travel:
    • Travel during the day
    • Stay on main roads; avoid back-road shortcuts
    • Carry emergency supplies or kits
    • Dress warmly to prevent frostbite or hypothermia