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Schools dismiss early as flurries begin to fall in Upstate

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A child enjoys the first snow flurries. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Jessica P.) A child enjoys the first snow flurries. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Jessica P.)
Greenville Co. Schools dismissed early. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville Co. Schools dismissed early. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Winter weather is moving into the Upstate from the west, starting light, and is forecast to pick up in intensity through the late afternoon.

The day started with some snow in the mountains, though the majority of Tuesday's winter weather will be concentrated the southern Upstate, south of Interstate 85.

About noon, light snow will move into the Upstate and will pick up in intensity south of I-85 about 3 p.m. This is when accumulations will get going. About an inch will be possible along I-85, while the southern Upstate could see an inch on the ground very quickly by late afternoon.

After 6 p.m., the heaviest snow will be concentrated in the southern part of the Upstate, while some light snow will fall along the I-85 corridor. Parts of the mountains will see some snow as well.

The snow will start to push south and wind down for the southern counties about 9 p.m. And by midnight Tuesday, most of the snow will be gone.

Slippery roads could be an issue all over the Upstate and northeast Georgia, but the bulls eye for road problems will be from Elberton to Abbeville to Laurens.

Between about 1 and 2 inches of snow will fall in spots like Greenville and Spartanburg, while areas to the south could see 2 to 4 inches. The snow should end by late Tuesday night, but it will leave roads slick for the Wednesday morning commute.

Weather impacts schools, travel and government

With the threat of winter weather, all Upstate, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina school districts have made their decision for Tuesday, choosing to dismiss early or not open their doors altogether.

Please note, some districts dismissing early are doing so on a staggered schedule. Check with your child's district or school to confirm the exact dismissal time.

Keep an eye on the closings with www.foxcarolina.com/closings.

In the wake of the winter weather forecast across the state, Gov. Nikki Haley declared a State of Emergency Tuesday.

The winter weather is also affecting air travel to-and-from the Upstate. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport reported several canceled flights scheduled to arrive after 12 p.m. Tuesday along with a few canceled departures. Check the current flight status for flights at GSP here.

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