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Update January 11: To the delight of many school children out there, the moisture left over from yesterday's ice/rain storm has secured the cancellation and delay of quite a few school districts.
Public school districts Dorchester 4, Colleton County, and Orangeburg districts 5 and 3 are all closed today.
Charleston County schools are delayed for two hours. In Berkeley County and in Dorchester District 2, they're delayed for three.
If you're unsure about your exact start time, hop over to the complete list of closures and delays courtesy of LIve 5 News.
Commuters should be on the lookout for patches of ice on the roads. Take is slow out there today folks, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Update January 10, 1:24 p.m.: All bridges have been reopened after being shut down for several hours due to icy roads.
Update January 10, 12:43 p.m.: According to a tweet from Live 5 News, the Ravenel Bridge will be slowly opening a few lanes at a time. The Berlin G. Meyers Bridge has reopened as well.
Update January 10: The Berlin G. Meyers Bridge, Wando Bridge, Don Holt Bridge and Ravenel Bridge have been closed.
Live 5 News has a helpful update on more roadway backups and accidents.
Also note that the College of Charleston, Trident Tech, Charleston Southern and The Citadel have cancelled classes, but CofC asks that "essential employees" report in by 1 p.m.
Update January 10, 7 a.m.: Some sleet has begun to fall just as traffic has begun to pick up.
First reporting: Starting in the early morning hours of Monday, January 10, and last through that night and into Tuesday Charleston is due for about an inch of rain, and some of it is possible to fall in the form off freezing rain, snow, or sleet.
The main window for children's delight comes during the morning commute range of 4 to 10 a.m. Monday when the temperature is expected to be just below freezing, and accordingly the National Weather Service is warning to watch for icy spots on roads and bridges.
For a peek at how your a.m. drive might be affected, you can always use the SCDOT's 'Winter Weather Road Condition' service.
As for what's happening the service says, "High pressure will build into the region from the northwest today. The high could retreat slightly on Monday as low pressure over the northeast Gulf of Mexico redevelops over the nearby Atlantic late monday. The low will lift northeast Tuesday."
But don't expect much of temperature reprieve in the coming days:
- Tonight: Cloudy, Lo 31°F
- Monday: Wintry mix, Hi 39°F
Monday night: Rain, Lo 38°F
- Tuesday: Slight chc rain, Hi 45°F
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, Lo 31°F
- Wednesday: Mostly sunny, Hi 46°F
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, Lo 28°F
- Thursday: Mostly sunny, Hi 46°F
Thursday night: Partly cloudy Lo 28°F