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Winter storm updates by-the-minute

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Winter weather in Downtown Greenwood. (January 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) Winter weather in Downtown Greenwood. (January 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)

As the winter storm moves through the Western Carolinas, FOX Carolina will provide by-the-minute updates below on road conditions, shelter openings, closings and delays.

11:00pm - McDowell County Emergency Management says I-40 Eastbound is blocked at the 75 mile marker because of 20-25 tractor trailers that are stuck.  Emergency Management is asking everyone to stay off the roads.


9:56pm - GHS reports treating fewer than five injuries between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. that were directly linked to weather conditions on Wednesday night, saying people are heading warnings to stay inside and off roads.


9:36pm - McDowell County Emergency Management says emergency personnel are reporting near white-out conditions on I-40.


9:34pm - Gov. Nikki Haley tweets: "Including in-state crews, 11 other states have sent crews and personnel to assist SC utilities: AL, FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, VA, & WV."


9:02pm - Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter in McDowell County to help drivers who have trouble on I-40.  The shelter is at First Baptist Church of Old Fort at 203 S. Main Street in Marion.  The shelter will open at 10pm.


8:57pm - Most areas are reporting deteriorating conditions on the roads in the Upstate, Northeast GA and Western NC. Law enforcement continues to urge everyone to stay off the roads.


8:43pm - All school districts in our viewing area will be closed on Thursday. That includes the Upstate, Western NC and Northeast GA.  To look for a school, college, church or business closing or delay, go to


8:17pm - Pickens County dispatch says roads are getting worse. They ask people to stay off the roads.


8:13pm - SCDOT crews continue to work continuously on rotating 12-hour shifts to treat the roads. SCDOT reports that all interstates in the Upstate are passable. SCDOT says roads and bridges are covered in snow and ice. SCDOT continues to ask people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.


7:24pm - Old Fort Mountain Road in McDowell County declared nearly impassable by the sheriff's office. They ask everyone to stay off the roads.


7:12pm - Bi-Lo is temporarily closing several stores in the Greenville and Anderson areas because of the weather. The locations will reopen when roads are safe to travel.


7:09pm - Red Cross has opened a shelter in Polk County. It's at 231 Ward St. in Columbus, NC.  If you have any questions, Polk County Red Cross can be reached at (828) 894-2700.


6:50pm - Oconee County announces its offices will be closed tomorrow.  Many other city and county offices are closed tomorrow as well.  Check the complete list here:


6:09pm - City of Greenville just tweeted an appeal to everyone to stay home as road conditions are worsening. If you do need to drive, the Greenville City Fire Department asks that you slow down and move over if you encounter emergency crews out working.


5:58pm - Abbeville County Sheriff Ray Watson says road crews are working to clear major roads. He says sleet continues to fall across most of the county, except some snow near Anderson County. He asks everyone to stay off the roads because they are slick.


5:48pm - FEMA has approved South Carolina's request for an emergency declaration.  The declaration authorizes FEMA to provide assistance to save lives, protect property, protect public health, protect safety and lessen the threat of a catastrophe. It applies to all counties in South Carolina.


5:37pm - FOX Carolina's Aaron Cheslock says 911 call center in Greenville reports no difference in call volume today, compared to a normal day. He checked with several other Upstate 911 call centers and they report the same.  In fact, Cheslock says Boiling Springs officials told him that, as of this afternoon, there had not been one emergency call in their area. All agencies are crediting people for staying off the roads.


5:34pm - FOX Carolina's Derek Dellinger is off I-85 in Anderson County and says sleet is coming down and conditions are deteriorating. He says the 911 call center reports low call volume, likely because people heeded warnings to stay off the roads.  


5:32pm - Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent says Greenwood has gotten about 5.5 inches of snow thus far, the highest measurement being reported in the Upstate.


5:23pm - All public school districts in the viewing area in the Upstate and Northeast GA are closed tomorrow.  Several in Western NC have also canceled school for tomorrow.  We're still waiting on word for a few more in Western NC.  To check for a closing or delay, go to


5:12pm - GHS reports that 26 people were treated in the ER between 11am and 5pm for weather related injuries, including sledding accidents, slips and falls.


5:10pm - SC Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne says everything has run smoothly on the interstates and major highways for the most part. He credits everyone for heeding the warnings to stay off the roads.


5:05pm - FOX Carolina's Jennifer Phillips reports I-85, I-385 and Pleasantburg Drive were all in passable condition.


4:36pm - Red Crosses urges everyone in Western Carolinas to shelter-in-place for remainder of winter storm.

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