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March 6, 2017 - March 12, 2017


A few light showers were reported on Monday. Afternoon temperatures moved to a mild 72 degrees at Columbia Metro AP and Walterboro. Tuesday's weather was much the same with additional scattered showers and 75 degrees for Anderson and Moncks Corner. York received 0.26 inches of rain. Long Cane, Clinton, Whitmire, Clarks Hill and McCormick all measured the same 0.13 inches. Sullivan's Island warmed to 79 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. A layer of winter's cold moved into much of inland South Carolina overnight. On Thursday morning, a freezing 32 degrees was noted at Lake Greenwood and Kingstree. The 30-degree minimum at North was a temperature fall of 43 degrees from their Wednesday high temperature. Mostly southerly winds on Thursday overpowered the cold and sent the temperature to 80 degrees at Barnwell, Cades and Jamestown. Another and more potent boundary of colder air collided with the warmth early on Friday morning. Leading thunderstorms brought rainfalls of 0.45 inches to Anderson, and 0.25 inches to Newberry and Sandhill. Saturday began with bright sunny skies and 30 degrees for the Kings Mountain National Military Park and Whitmire. Rock Hill recorded a high temperature of 52 degrees. Allendale made it to 64 degrees. Freezing air on Sunday morning divided the state along a line from around Greenwood eastward through Hartsville. At 4:00 a.m., snow was reported at Greenville Downtown AP and at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP. By daylight, a mixture of snow and rain had progressed into the northern Midlands. Bands of moderate snow were observed over Chester and Lancaster counties. At 10:45 a.m., blowing snowflakes, the size of quarters, filled the air in Forest Acres. Pageland measured the heaviest snowfall amount with 3.75 inches. Other totals included 3.0 inches at Great Falls and Richburg, 2.5 inches at Pacolet and 1.0 inches for Winnsboro, Elgin and Darlington. At 4:00 p.m., it was a mostly sunny 37 degrees at Spartanburg, Aiken and Conway.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at the Charleston AP, the Johns Island AP, the Mount Pleasant AP and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on March 10. The lowest official temperature reported was 26 degrees at Sassafras Mountain on March 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.67 inches at Santuck ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 12. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.4 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.88 8.04 -1.4
Greer AP 0.88 7.48 -2.1
Charlotte, NC AP 0.49 8.01 -0.3
Columbia Metro AP 0.43 9.30 0.6
Orangeburg AP 0.21 7.00 -2.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.29 12.62 3.1
Florence AP 0.38 5.52 -2.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.29 3.93 -4.7
Charleston AP 0.00 4.28 -3.8
Savannah, GA AP 0.01 8.94 1.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 46 degrees. Columbia 58 degrees. Barnwell (m) degrees. Mullins 40 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below to much below normal. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 62 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 58 degrees.

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