Thursday, January 4, 2018

Travel via bridge, bus, or plane still likely to be hampered Thursday

Gov. McMaster called in South Carolina National Guard to assist in recovery

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 11:07 AM

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Most travel warnings and restrictions resulting from Wednesday afternoon's snowstorm remain in effect through Thursday.

CARTA tweeted that it would not be operating in the "ongoing hazardous road conditions" Thursday morning.

"Authority officials will monitor the situation and provide updates regarding service levels for Friday, Jan. 5," according to a tweet by the transportation authority's account.

Charleston International Airport's runways remain closed after getting five inches of snow and ice cover on Wednesday. 
Joint Base Charleston officially closed the runways, which it shares with the airport, late Wednesday morning. The airport had published the following exceptions on their website Wednesday:

For Thursday:

Southwest - all flights cancelled.
JetBlue - first arrival scheduled for 2:46 pm with a 3:21 pm departure.
American - all flights prior to 3 pm cancelled.
Delta - all flights prior to 12:45 pm cancelled
Alaska - no flights scheduled Thursday.
United- early morning flights cancelled.

Still, seeing as the runways don't exactly look operational, contacting your airline before heading off to the airport is probably a better bet.

The City of Charleston continues to work at OPCON Level 3. This designation puts emergency services on "standby" for a "disaster or emergency situation likely or imminent."

The I-26 ramp onto the Cooper River Bridge was shut down Thursday morning. A number of closures, or partial closures, affecting US-17, I-26 and various local roads remain in effect.

"Road conditions throughout the area remain hazardous," according to a press release by the city Thursday morning. "Citizens and visitors are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travel. Those who must drive should exercise extreme caution, leave extra room between vehicles and drive very slowly.

Gov. Henry McMaster authorized the South Carolina National Guard to place guardsmen on active duty to assist in recovery from the winter storm, according to a statement from the governor's office issued Thursday.

Approximately 20 guardsmen have been called on duty.

"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, head of the Military Department of South Carolina, in the statement. "Our citizens should exercise caution, stay off the roads in affected areas, and follow advisories from their county emergency management personnel."

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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