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Snow coats the Carolinas, causing major road problems

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Snow in Seneca. (iWitness Bo Morris) Snow in Seneca. (iWitness Bo Morris)
North Main Street at Croft Street in Greenville (January 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) North Main Street at Croft Street in Greenville (January 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Snowfall on Balsam Mountain (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Shannon M.) Snowfall on Balsam Mountain (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Shannon M.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Snow fell through Tuesday night across the Upstate, mountains and northeast Georgia.

The area saw more moisture than expected, which means the Interstate 85 corridor ended with upward of 1 to 2 inches of snow and more than 4 inches of snow near Newberry and Greenwood.

The winter weather should wrap up by midnight for the Upstate and western North Carolina, with the heaviest moisture shifting south by then.

Temperatures Tuesday night plummeted into the teens, so roads will ice up quickly. The Wednesday morning commute could be treacherous in spots, so stay posted on road conditions and avoid travel if you can.

The snow on the roadways caused multiple road closures and delays for Tuesday's evening commute, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol reporting over 170 incidents at 7:40 p.m.

Director Taylor Jones of Anderson County Emergency Management advised residents to stay off the roads all together on Tuesday evening. He said ice had accumulated on secondary roads and will get worse Wednesday.

Doug Bryson, emergency coordinator for Spartanburg County, said many roads in the county are sheets of ice and many accidents have been reported. He said it is a priority to stay off the road.

Most areas of the Upstate saw about an inch of snow including Belton, Greer, and Simpsonville. Pickens got an inch and a half of snow and Clemson got 2 inches. The highest snow fall total in the Upstate was 2.8 inches in Salem.

Weather impacts schools, travel and government

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

Multiple schools in Upstate South Carolina, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina have also canceled school for Wednesday as well.

Greenville County, Spartanburg County, Oconee County, Pickens County and Anderson County schools have all canceled for Wednesday.

Keep an eye on all 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 on Tuesday.

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