WEATHER SUMMARY Sites within the Piedmont reported their coldest morning of the season Monday. A welcomed warming trend followed through midweek. On Wednesday, the thermometer rose to near 70 degrees across the midlands. More cold air arrived Thursday as high pressure built down the east facing Appalachian Mountains. At 10 a.m. Friday, Florence reported a barometric pressure of 30.70 inches. Overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning, passing low pressure caused a wintry mix of precipitation to fall over most inland counties. The state's highest elevations measured snowfalls of between one and three inches. Locations eastward into the midlands reported a glaze of ice from sleet and freezing rain. Amounts were between one quarter and three quarters of an inch. Isolated power interruptions and transportation delays were observed. Partly sunny skies and milder temperatures returned late in the day on Saturday and through Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees below normal. The highest official temperature reported was 72 degrees at Cheraw on January 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 7 degrees at Cedar Creek and Chester on the morning of January 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.40 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 30. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.54 1.5 -2.8 Columbia 0.71 1.9 -2.6 Orangeburg 0.51 2.0 -2.5 Charlotte, NC 0.54 1.7 -2.2 Augusta, GA 1.02 2.4 -2.0 Florence 0.58 1.9 -2.1 Myrtle Beach 0.32 0.8 -2.8 Charleston 0.54 1.7 -2.3 Savannah, GA 0.73 1.4 -2.4 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 47 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 46 degrees.