Summerville area prepares for winter weather
Based on forecasts by the National Weather Service, officials throughout Summerville and the greater Dorchester County area are preparing for the inclement weather affecting the Charleston area.
Weather conditions are expected to turn from rain to sleet, ice and snow Tuesday afternoon.
Both Dorchester County offices and Town of Summerville offices will be closing early Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. respectively.
Dorchester County offices will also be closed Wednesday.
The Town will “most likely be closed on Wednesday” as well, Director of Administrative Services Lisa Wallace said Tuesday.
Dorchester County reported that effective 5 p.m. Monday the Emergency Operations Center moved the Operating Condition to OPCON 4, “which means that Dorchester County Emergency Management Department (EMD) staff will be closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with response-related missions,” according to the press release.
Charleston County is also operating at OPCON 4 as of 5 p.m. yesterday.
Authorities are urging people to stay indoors to avoid dangerous driving conditions. However, for those who choose to get behind the wheel, the South Carolinda Department of Public Safety recommended drivers be particularly aware of bridges and overpasses, black ice, blind spots on large trucks and leaving ample room between cars on the road.
All Dorchester District Two schools will be closing early, the school district announced yesterday.
Students in the Givhans alternative program will be released at 9:30 a.m.; elementary schools at 10:30 a.m.; high schools at 11:30 a.m.; middle schools at 12:30 p.m.; and Rollings School of the Arts at 12 p.m.
All Dorchester District Two and Dorchester District Four schools will be closed Wednesday.
Pinewood Preparatory School announced Monday night it will also be dismissing students early at 1 p.m.
Trident Health released yesterday that their facilities will be obtaining extra food, water and medical supplies to prepare for the storm.
South Carolina Federal Credit Union also announced Tuesday morning all branches will close today at 2 p.m.
In a press release from Trident United Way, the Palmetto House (107 Elks Lodge Ln.) and Antioch Community Ministries (1250 Central Ave.) will act as “warming centers” today to support those in need. No men will be admitted to The Palmetto House, as it is only a women’s and children’s shelter.
Dorchester Senior Centers in Summerville and St. George are closing at 2 p.m. Tuesday and will be closed all day Wednesday.
The Journal Scene will continue to publish updated information as it’s released. For current information, the inclement weather hotline is (843) 832/563-0005.