As of Tuesday afternoon, Washington County remained under a Winter Storm Watch with a Hard Freeze Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory.
This week’s winter storms have already brought a significant amount of ice, sleet and snow. Although skies were sunny on Tuesday, temperatures were not warm enough to thaw and melt away all of what already had accumulated.
According to National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Joanne Culin, another winter storm system of snow and sleet is expected to move through the region Wednesday and Thursday that could lead to downed trees and power lines.
On Wednesday, there is a 90% chance of snow showers, freezing rain and sleet before 2 p.m., followed by freezing rain in the afternoon and then rain showers, snow showers and more freezing rain in the late afternoon that will continue into Thursday. Wednesday is expected to see a temperature high of 31 degrees and a low of 28 degrees.
Thursday morning is expected to see snow showers and freezing rain before 11 a.m., followed by more snow showers. The temperature high for the day will be 31 degrees with a low of 14 degrees.
“We have another system moving through the area Wednesday and Thursday,” Culin said Monday morning. “This one’s going to be different. What you’re getting now is more snow and sleet. You’re still going to have that but there may be more freezing rain with this upcoming system. It’s going to compound any issues you got Monday.”
By Friday, skies are expected to return to being mostly sunny with a high of 32 degrees and a low of 17 degrees. Saturday is also expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 40 degrees and a low of 29 degrees.
Although it is too early to say for certain what the weekend will entail, Sunday’s forecast as of Tuesday afternoon shows a 50% chance of rain with a high of 49 degrees and a low of 37 degrees.
This week’s winter storm system is part of a massive winter storm that affected much of the Southern Plains and carried heavy snow and freezing rain into the Deep South and New England with record-setting cold temperatures.
While many states experienced several power outages, Washington County only experienced a few outages that were quickly restored as of Tuesday afternoon.
In anticipation of more severe weather this week, both Entergy and Twin County Electric Power Association have asked its customers to limit their energy usage as much as possible to conserve electricity.
The City of Greenville declared a Local State of Emergency on Monday due to safety concerns for residents.
“The aforesaid conditions of extreme peril warrant and necessitate the proclamation of local emergency in order to provide for the health and safety of the citizens and the protection of their property within the affected jurisdiction,” the City of Greenville’s Facebook page posted Monday morning.
All city and county offices have been closed this week, including no running of garbage trucks, and will resume once the roads have been deemed safe enough for travel.
The City of Greenville issued a boil water advisory this week for all residents due to low water pressure.
Even though all water wells were operational as of Tuesday afternoon, the City Public Works has asked residents to limit their water use.
“It is imperative that everyone monitor their water faucets and do not turn them on excessively in order for the system to restore. We need to conserve as much water as possible for the system to catch up. Do not run your water at full throttle,” the City of Greenville posted to their Facebook page.
More information will be posted to the Delta Democrat-Times’ website, ddtonline.com, as updates occur.