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To be or not to be … is winter weather coming?

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The question the minds of most in the Upstate is: Will it snow?

According to the National Weather Service and our media partners at WSPA-TV, the question isn’t if it will, but how much snow will we get? As of Thursday morning, the Upstate was in a Winter Storm Watch from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday and snow accumulations may be as high as 4 inches in some parts of the area.

Several inches of snow is in the forecast. (Map/WSPA)The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties in the Upstate as well as the mountain regions of western North Carolina.

In its forecast discussion, the National Weather Service said weather will begin as rain Friday afternoon “transitioning to snow during the evening.” The discussion also suggested sleet could be in the mix Friday into early Saturday morning.

“Chances should peak between midnight and daybreak Saturday. These taper off as rapidly as they pick up, and all precip is expected to end by mid-afternoon,” the NWS said in the discussion.

Temperatures will be in the mid-40s Friday and around 35 over the weekend.

The threat of winter weather prompted Delta to issue an advisory allowing passengers leaving or traveling to certain cities to be entitled to a full or partial refund of their ticket if there is a delay of 90 minutes or more or if the flight is canceled.

Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination(s) on Delta, Delta Connection, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods, Delta said on its website.

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is one of 19 airports on the list. Columbia, Charlotte, Asheville and Atlanta are other airports on the list. Impacted travel dates are Jan. 6-7 and tickets must be reissued on or before Jan. 10.

Both WSPA and the National Weather Service said the forecast “is likely to change several times over the next few days.”

Check out these links for information related to the weather:

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Power outage information:

Closings and delays —

WSPA-TV snowfall forecast

Upstate getting ready for snow


Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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