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The weather outside was frightful!

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County’s weather turned cool Saturday and the winds gusted, but it was no real indicator of what was to come Sunday morning! Even though the area’s weather forecasters predicted it might happen, who really believed it would SNOW on Sunday!

Sometime around 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning, large, wet, snowflakes began to fall around Pelion, Gaston, Swansea, Red Bank, and other parts of the central and southern parts of the county. In the more northern areas like Chapin and Irmo, it began a little earlier. In what seemed like to just a few moments, porch railings and cars were receiving a beautiful white coating that made it look more like December somewhere further north than mid-March in South Carolina.

In some areas of the northern Midlands, folks received as much as 1” of snow. Here, in most parts of Lexington County, it was more of a light covering. It was enough to make a small snowman or two and toss a few snowballs about; lots of fun for the young and young at heart.

For the most part, the snow never accumulated on the roads. Our county’s emergency services never really got very busy responding to weather related incidents, although CRO's for the SCHP did warn folks to slow it down and take their time getting around.

The roads were more hazardous from the moisture than the snow, although one car did skid off the road and into a wooded area in the 700 block of Corley Mill Road. That crash appeared to be minor and EMS and the fire service quickly cleared the scene.

For the most part, churches went on with their services as usual. Parking lots were full and many pastors and their staff took to social media inviting parishioners to come to the regularly schedule services.

Temperatures hovered in the low to mid 30’s most of the morning preventing much accumulation, and by mid-day the snow stopped. Within a very short time, it was all gone.

By the time the 2nd Annual Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade began at 3 p.m., it was cold, but the moisture had passed. The gusting winds caused the parade’s participants and spectators to bundle up, but the show went on as planned!

Monday morning, a hard frost had settled across the county. This, I’m afraid, will kill many of the beautiful blooms that had already shown themselves around our homes. The fruit trees like peaches, plums, and pears were in full bloom at my house, and the azaleas had already burst forth with beautiful bright colors. Perhaps the cold and wet weekend will help the sinus sufferers that were already dealing with a heavy layer of pollen on everything.

The weather for the remainder of the week will be as wild a roller-coaster ride of temperatures as we’ve been experiencing over the past few weeks. However, instead of us being unseasonably hot like last week, the highest temps expected this week will be in the low 60’s. It is expected that we may drop into the high to mid-20’s Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.

As the old saying goes, if you don’t like South Carolina’s weather, don’t fret; it will probably change in the next five minutes!

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