As a powerful storm system exited the western Carolinas on Thursday after dumping heavy rain and some snow, most were left to avoid black ice and clean up after some storm damage.
The storm dumped several inches of rain on much of the area during the day, causing rivers and creeks to rapidly rise and prompting flash flood warnings for some.
Strong winds aided by soft ground from the downpours pushed down trees onto homes and across roadways. Duke Energy reported more than 10,000 power outages across the western Carolinas. More than 2,600 of those outages were reported in Greenville County.
The heavy rain eventually changed over to a brief period of snow for the mountains of North Carolina, where some locations picked up as much as 3 inches of accumulation. In the Upstate, locations north of the Interstate 85 corridor reported a wintry mix, but with no accumulation.
FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said the runoff from Thursday's torrential rain could freeze as temperatures drop below freezing late. She said the most widespread black-ice problems will be in the mountains, but some patchy ice could be seen on Upstate roads Friday morning.
Officials began preparing for the worst when snow was mentioned in the forecast.
"We are preparing," said Greenville Public Works Director Mike Murphy. "We have our equipment on standby. We [have] the manpower on standby."
Murphy said his crews would be monitoring temperatures on mainly bridges and overpasses overnight, since they are usually the first places to freeze.
In the mountains, crews there said they were preparing to treat roads when the rain ended. They said the liquid precipitation would wash away any treatment that was placed on the roads.
The black ice shouldn't be a problem for long, though. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 50s on Friday, with sunshine returning.
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Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:38 GMT
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