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Icy roads, power outages prompt delays, closures

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A crash on a bridge along Valley Falls Road in Boiling Springs Friday morning. (Jan. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) A crash on a bridge along Valley Falls Road in Boiling Springs Friday morning. (Jan. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)

While barely a flurry was seen across most of the Upstate, slick and icy roads along with power outages prompted numerous wrecks and some delays for schools and businesses Friday.

School district officials said Wren Elementary, Wren Middle and Wren High School were under a two-hour delay Friday morning because of a power outage but school was eventually canceled because without power, there was no head in the building.

District officials in Spartanburg County said an earlier gas leak ended up canceling school for students at Cowpens Elementary School as well. Officials said children had already arrived at school but were sent back home after the leak was discovered, leaving the building without heat during the coldest morning so far this week.

Many across the Upstate may have hoped to wake up to frost or snow-covered lawns Friday morning, however the winter storm that moved through the area Thursday night proved to be more damp than icy.

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Forecasters said temperatures did not drop soon enough while the area was soaked by heavy rains. But the dampened roads did freeze, proving hazardous for many drivers across the Upstate - especially in Spartanburg County.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported more than 15 wrecks in Spartanburg County by about 8:30 a.m., with nearly 25 reported across the Upstate. Many more were reported in western North Carolina as well.

With morning temperatures in the low 30s on average, black ice and slick patches on bridges and roads were possible on Upstate roads.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Andy Wood said the temperatures should begin to warm up, reaching into the 50s later Friday as the first glimpse of sun shone across the area in nearly five days.

The heavy rains left a soaked region, downed trees and some downed power lines. In western North Carolina, Henderson and Transylvania counties remain under a flood warning until Monday afternoon after the French Broad River surpassed its flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

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