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Many areas across northeast Georgia, the Upstate and western North Carolina have turned into a winter wonderland Tuesday as a few inches of snow fell in some areas.
Accumulations have been everywhere from a dusting to 4 inches of snow for parts of the Upstate. The highest totals have been found around Simpsonville, Mauldin, Fountain Inn and Oakway (Oconee County).
In the wake of the snowfall and forecast, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the entire region that is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Icy spots will develop into the evening and overnight as temperatures dip below freezing. The most vulnerable spots will be bridges, overpasses, decks and any other raised surface.
More snow will push in late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. It will push in from south to north, so Abbeville will see snow before Greenville or Asheville. Snow will fall through the morning, then sleet will slowly take over during the afternoon.
Freezing rain will be a concern as well, since there could be some light ice accumulations along the Interstate 85 corridor and perhaps significant (more than a quarter inch) accumulations south of I-85.
The event should end by early Thursday morning. The northern Upstate could see 6 to 8 inches of snow and sleet, while southern spots below Interstate 85 will see less snow and more ice and sleet. The mountains will get all snow and totals could exceed 10 inches.
Snow totals will be greatly impacted by the amount of sleet and freezing rain that develops, so that is a tough forecast to nail down exactly.
Drivers should expect roads to be treacherous through midday Friday.
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