Georgetown County moves to 'OPCON 4'

Below is a news release from Georgetown County:

GEORGETOWN COUNTY (1:30 p.m.) — Georgetown County government has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 in preparation for the possibility of freezing rain, sleet and ice accumulation forecast to begin Tuesday night. OPCON 4 indicates an "alert" status in preparation for a possible threat. The county's Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated, and county and municipal officials, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, are monitoring the situation closely.

The county's automated information hotline has also been activated. The hotline, at (843) 545-3900, is available 24 hours a day when the county's EOC is activated and will contain the latest storm information. For questions or other information, call Georgetown County Emergency Management, (843) 545-3273.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for western portions of Georgetown County until 7 a.m. Thursday morning. An advisory for the coastal portion of Georgetown County is in effect from 1 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Western portions of the county may see as much as one-fourth to one-half an inch of freezing rain and ice accumulation tonight and Wednesday morning, according to forecasts. Along the coastal portion of the county, only rain is predicted. However, freezing of water on bridges and other roadways is anticipated late tonight and in the morning, creating dangerous driving conditions.

No bridges in Georgetown County will close, but motorists are advised to use extreme caution when crossing during icy conditions. Elevated road surfaces, including bridges and overpasses will be the first roadways to beimpacted by winter conditions. Dangerous road conditions are expected to persist though Wednesday.

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