Snow blankets Greenville after biggest winter storm in years

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A blanket of snow covered the Greenville area Sunday as the area's biggest winter storm in years continued to blow into the evening.

State transportation and emergency officials warned Sunday night of overnight freezes and black ice with the risk for drivers into Monday morning.

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More than five inches of snow accumulated Sunday in parts of the city — the most since 4.3 inches fell near Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Dec. 8 to 9, 2018.

The National Weather Service reported eight inches of snow in parts of northern Greenville County and that Sunday's storm broke the daily maximum snowfall record with 6.5". The previous record of 5.7" was set in 1965.

Most roads in the area were snow-covered and hazardous. The city of Greenville reported "dozens" of temporarily stranded motorists, and a post on Twitter from the city's verified account said more than 20 cars had spun out on the Church Street bridge downtown.

More than 30,000 people across the Upstate were without power by noon.

Macie Williams, 6, and her sister Alice, 3, sled down Laurens street in downtown Greenville on snow covered much of Greenville on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.
Macie Williams, 6, and her sister Alice, 3, sled down Laurens street in downtown Greenville on snow covered much of Greenville on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.

There were 5.5 inches of snow reported in the Paris Mountain and Sans Souci areas of Greenville.

More than 5 inches accumulated in Taylors near Eastside High School, and the total was about the same in Powdersville.

Most of the snow accumulation had already occurred by 9 a.m., according to Chris Horne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Travel on area roads was expected to remain treacherous into Monday.

Flights into and out of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport were cancelled.

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More: Thousands across the Upstate are without power as snow and sleet continue to fall

Overnight, at 3:03 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service reported snowfall rates of more than an inch per hour across the Upstate and Western North Carolina.

Higher amounts accumulated north of Interstate 85 while areas to the southeast got more sleet and freezing rain.

More than four inches of snow fell between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Taylors and parts of Greenville County.
More than four inches of snow fell between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Taylors and parts of Greenville County.

Temperatures were forecast to fall into the upper 20s across the Upstate Sunday night.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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– Reach reporter Alexis Hamilton at ahamilton@greenvillenews.com or 864-404-7487 and on Twitter @producedbylex.

Sunday morning snow in Greenville on Jan. 15.
Sunday morning snow in Greenville on Jan. 15.

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