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The Latest: Charleston International Airport Closed Thursday
The latest on the winter storm in South Carolina as of:
The runways at Charleston International Airport remain closed Thursday, due to the lingering winter weather conditions.
The National Weather Service in Charleston recorded 5.3 inches of snowfall on Wednesday. The significant snow and ice has rendered the airport’s runways and taxiways inoperable, according to Paul Campbell, executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Association.
“It is not possible at this time to predict when the runways will be safe to reopen,” Campbell said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Joint Base Charleston and airport operations are regularly monitoring pavement conditions and are committed to resuming flight operations as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Flight operations are not permitted until the Air Force determines the runways are safe for aircraft and passengers. Joint Base Charleston shares runways with Charleston International.
Joint Base Charleston said on Twitter Thursday that it will do another assessment of the airfield at 4 p.m.
Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline about flight status, delays, cancellations and rebooking. As decisions are made about reopening the airport, the airlines will update their flight schedules as soon as they are able.
National Guard Assistance
Gov. Henry McMaster authorized 20 S.C. National Guardsmen to assist S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. Dept. of Transportation efforts along the hard-hit Interstate 95 corridor.
"We are there to assist in this team effort to ensure the roadways stay clear, especially as temperatures drop into the night hours and roads have potential for increased ice," said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general for S.C. "Our citizens should exercise caution, stay off the roads in affected areas, and follow advisories from their county emergency management personnel."
SCDOT urges motorists not to travel east of Interstate 95 or on Interstate 95 (south of Interstate 26) due to hazardous road conditions.
Roads that have been affected by winter weather are expected to re-freeze this evening creating hazardous conditions tonight and Friday morning.
Road conditions are continuously updated here.
Road closures are continuously updated here.
School closings can be found here.
All state office and county office closings can be found on the South Carolina Emergency Department’s web site here.
Find the most up-to-date weather alert information from the National Weather Service here.
The following are the only current weather alerts from the National Weather Service for South Carolina:
A winter weather advisory was issued at 10:26 a.m. and is in effect until Friday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. for the following counties: Allendale; Beaufort; Coastal Colleton; Charleston; Dorchester; Hampton; Inland Berkeley; Inland Colleton; Inland Jasper; Coastal Jasper; Tidal Berkeley.
A wind chill advisory was issued at 5:57 a.m. and is in effect until Friday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. for the following counties: Central Horry; Coastal Georgetown; Coastal Horry; Darlington; Dillon; Florence; Inland Georgetown; Marion; Marlboro; Northern Horry; Williamsburg
Report an outage:
SCE&G 1-888-333-4465 or click here
Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356 or click here
Berkeley Electric: 1-888-253-4232, Coastal Electric: 843-538-5800, Edisto Electric: 1-800-433-3292, Horry Electric: 843-369-2212, Palmetto Electric: 866-445-5551, Pee Dee Electric: 1-800-693-0190, Santee Cooper: 1-888-769-7688.
A list of available shelters can be found here.