Yes, it’s most likely going to snow this weekend in Sumter, but don’t expect snowmaggedon.
Most weather forecasts throughout the week have been pointing to the possibility of snow coming to the Gamecock City. With their latest forecast as of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service is now saying rain turning to snow should begin to fall in the Sumter area late Friday night, potentially continuing until Saturday afternoon.
During this time there shouldn’t be too much accumulation, however, as the Sumter area is expected to see less than an inch of snow between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Sumter is right near the southern most borderline for the incoming wintry precipitation, as most areas of the state south of Manning are expected to not see any accumulation, according to the NWS. As would be expected, the largest accumulation totals in South Carolina are expected to be in the Upstate, where residents can expect to see between 4 to 6 inches of the snow. Forecasters currently expect the Columbia area to see between 1 to 2 inches of snow.
More concerning to Sumter area residents should be the potential for freezing rain, which has caused more issues (and damages) in recent years. Fortunately, while the NWS says there could be a brief period of frozen rain in the area, they do not foresee enough icy accumulation to threaten either trees or power lines.
No matter how much snow ends up accumulating on the ground in Sumter, don’t expect it to be around too long. High temperatures are expected to return to the 60’s by Wednesday.