Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Charleston's Emergency Operations Center now working at OPCON Level 3

City urges public to "avoid unnecessary travel"

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 7:04 PM

Graphic showing expected snowfall in Lowcountry area through 1 a.m. Thursday. - GRAPHIC VIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OF CHARLESTON
  • Graphic via National Weather Service of Charleston
  • Graphic showing expected snowfall in Lowcountry area through 1 a.m. Thursday.
The City of Charleston's emergency services have now been raised to OPCON Level 3, putting the city on "standby" for a "significant threat" as a winter storm warning for the tri-county area is extended until 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

"Disaster or emergency situation likely or imminent," reads the OPCON Level 3 description on the Charleston County website. "Full or partial activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center; activate Charleston County Emergency Operations Plan."

The National Weather Service in Charleston reported at least 5 inches of snow at the Charleston International Airport. The service warns of another possible two to four inches of snow through Wednesday night.

"Extremely dangerous travel conditions will persist through tonight," according to a warning on the Charleston NWS website.

The Emergency Operations Center opened at the lower OPCON Level 4 at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Level 2 would deploy emergency services for an "imminent" evacuation. Level 1 requires a full evacuation.

"Citizens and visitors are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travel," according to a statement released by the city Wednesday afternoon.

City offices and operations, including garbage pick-up but excluding emergency services, have been suspended through Thursday. CARTA has suspended transportation services through Thursday.

Charleston County Schools will remain closed to students through Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Click here for a look at all city road closures in effect as of right now. An updated list of other closures compiled by CP is available here.






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VIDEO: Harve Jacobs is having a better snow day than you

Hard-boiled TV newsman in snowy tube

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 5:59 PM

See, the thing about reporters is that they don't mind asking questions. Any question, seriously. If there's a question, yo, they'll ask it.

Many times, those questions are posed to heads of state or key witnesses who have something to say that they haven't told anyone else. Sometimes those questions are posed to guys with pickup trucks and tubes made to be pulled behind a boat.

Some times, that question is, "You think you could tow me?"

And as luck would have it, that's the position that career news man and Best of Charleston winner Harve Jacobs found himself in today. And somehow you knew that the man who goes by @policereporter on Twitter was getting in that tube.

"OK, if I don't make it back, call my wife."

Roll the tape.


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This dude snowboarding behind a golf cart is the most Charleston thing we've seen today

Winter sports

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 4:42 PM

As we trolled Twitter today, trying desperately to see what watering holes are open (we've got a list for you, BTW), we stumbled upon Lowcountry snowstorm gold — a dude snowboarding behind a golf cart in Mt. Pleasant.

Posted by Mike Gibbons (@StandardMike), this video warms our hearts — but we do recommend being really freaking careful if you try this at home. On second thought, don't try it.

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Watch these Charleston dogs freak out in the snow

#Chs dogs right now: "WTF?"

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 4:24 PM

It's the first big snow in a long, long while for a lot of longtime Charlestonians, but for anyone who's lived here for just a few years, it's probably also the first big snow for your furballs.

So, we consulted the official social network of dog pictures, Instagram, using the #chswx hashtag, and pulled in some of our favorite shots of dogs who have no freakin idea what's going on today.

Enjoy.

Furbaby snow portrait #MissMaddie

A post shared by Lauren Nelson (@laurennelsonphoto) on

Marlo! 🌬🐶#chswx #snowpup#firstsnow#notafanofsnow

A post shared by Ashley May (@ashley_cm_) on

I only eat white snow! #charlestonsnowday2018

A post shared by Bogard Hobbs Gray (@bogardhobbs) on

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland #totowearentincharlestonanymore #chswx

A post shared by 🎀 Nikki 🎀 (@prissynik26) on

Where’s Theo? #doggone #snowmageddon2018 #chswx #cotondetulear

A post shared by English Anne (@englishannechs) on

My First Snow! ❄️💙

A post shared by theadventuresofizandfitz (@theadventuresofizandfitz) on

February 2010 and January 2018. ❄️❄️❄️ #chswx #snowday

A post shared by Amy Carter (@amylynncarter) on

Well this is ... different. ❄️❄️❄️

A post shared by Abby Downing (@abby.downing) on

Tyson’s first time in the snow. #chswx #chssnowpocalypse

A post shared by Ryan Eleuteri (@r_eleuteri) on

‪Do you want to build a snow dog? ☃️ #chewslife #frozen #letitsnow

A post shared by Chewie Steve (@chewiesteve) on

This is amazing!!! Happy AF! ❄️❤️ #charlestonsnowday

A post shared by Coach Gray (@coachdoodle) on


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Joint Base Charleston closes "icy" runways at Charleston International Airport

Airport asks passengers to "contact [their] air carrier for flight status"

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Runways are closed at Charleston International "until the Air Force determines the runways are safe for aircraft and passengers," according to a Wednesday morning tweet from the airport's account. - PHOTO VIA IFLYCHS/TWITTER
  • Photo via iflyCHS/Twitter
  • Runways are closed at Charleston International "until the Air Force determines the runways are safe for aircraft and passengers," according to a Wednesday morning tweet from the airport's account.
Your flight out of Charleston International Airport is probably cancelled today as the city braces itself for some uncharacteristic (and yet to be seen) snow.
Joint Base Charleston, an Air Force and Navy facility in North Charleston and Goose Creek that shares its runways with the airport, is cancelling flights "until the Air Force determines the runways are safe for aircraft and passengers," according to a Wednesday morning tweet from the airport's account.

A National Weather Service map published early Wednesday morning shows an approximately 30 percent chance of four inches of snow or more in much of the Lowcountry.

The airport previously announced that five out of six of its airlines had ceased operations due to inclement weather.
"If you are coming to the airport, please drive safely as road conditions worsen in the Lowcountry," read the airport's earlier tweet.



Savannah Hilton Head International Airport announced it was closing Wednesday morning and urged passengers to "contact their airline for flight updates."

Runway closures in Charleston also prevented flights on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5.



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