SC snowstorm? Snow accumulation possible this weekend, according to forecast

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Editor's note: The latest forecast shows heavy mixed precipitation is possible with snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches of sleet, snow, and ice are expected in the South Carolina foothills. Ice accumulation of one quarter to one half inch with light sleet and snow accumulations are expected, according to National Weather Service. Read the latest here.

While forecasters say a great deal of uncertainty remains, there is a possibility of snow in South Carolina this weekend, and there could be accumulation in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and even elsewhere.

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A strong storm system is expected to arrive from the west late Saturday. With temperatures around the freezing mark potentially in place across the Upstate, the precipitation could bring snow accumulation into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, AccuWeather and The Weather Channel.

But how likely that is to happen, where it will happen if it does and exactly how much snow could fall are to be determined in the days to come.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook posted by the weather service early Wednesday morning included this message: "Accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible late Saturday through Sunday. All interests should closely monitor this system since winter weather impacts could be substantial but remain highly uncertain at present."

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On Wednesday morning The Weather Channel forecast 5 to more than 8 inches of snow and ice accumulation around the city of Greenville by the end of Sunday night.

The heaviest snowfall was expected to come from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"It is in the realm of possibility that we could get some snow around the Upstate on Saturday or Saturday night, but at this point we're still five days away and there is a great deal of uncertainty," National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Moore said Tuesday.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Walker said the temperatures in place throughout the atmosphere over the Upstate might not be cold enough for snow.

"It's pretty early to tell," Walker said Tuesday morning. "It could just be rainfall or ice. We'd be more confident and comfortable with saying more about possible snow accumulations by Wednesday or Thursday."

Check back for more on this developing story.

Tamia Boyd is a Michigan native who covers breaking news in Greenville. Email her at tboyd@gannett.com, and follow her on Twitter @tamiamb.

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