The weatherman giveth, the weatherman taketh away.
Although they were projecting up to an inch of accumulation as recently as Thursday, the updated forecast by the National Weather Service for the coming weekend no longer includes the possibility for snow for the Sumter area.
While rain and possibly a trace amount of ice accumulation are still in the forecast for the Gamecock City from the NWS, the potential area for snow now only extends as far as Richland County, although there still is a possibility the Rembert area in northern Sumter County could see some snowflakes. Nearby Lee County remains in a Winter Storm Watch, while Kershaw County will be under a Winter Storm Warning until Saturday afternoon.
Whether or not the forecast changes yet again and Sumter ends up seeing a few snowflakes after all, officials are still warning local residents to make sure they are prepared for the expected cold temperatures. Friday night’s low is expected to be around 33 degrees, and the NWS expects the temperature to continue to drop throughout Saturday, with lows reaching the mid teens. The cold temperatures are expected to remain around or below freezing until Tuesday, when the high will return to the mid 50s.
The Sumter Police Department has issued a statement asking anyone who might know someone who will need assistance to make it through the cold temperatures to call them at (803) 436-2700.