20,000 in SC without power in winter storm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The latest developments in a winter storm bringing snow and freezing rain to portions of South Carolina:
2:30 p.m.

The number of power outages in South Carolina from the winter storm is increasing.

Utilities across the state reported about 28,000 customers without electricity around 2 p.m. Friday.

Duke Energy reported almost 20,000 power outages, with the majority of them in Greenville County.

The state’s smaller electric cooperatives reported about 8,000 outages, centered in Pickens and Greenville counties.

Forecasters say the hardest hit areas have seen a lull, but more snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected through the rest of Friday.

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11:15 a.m.

Conditions are getting treacherous on some interstates in northern South Carolina.

The state Department of Transportation says Friday that Interstate 77 is partially covered with ice in Chester County. Portions of that roadway in York County are covered in a slushy mix.

DOT says all major roadways in Greenville County, including Interstate 85, are covered in some sort of precipitation, from rain to snow and ice. In Spartanburg County, there is snow on interstates 26 and 85, as well as all other U.S. and state roads listed on the department’s website.

At least 4 people have been killed in snowstorm-related traffic crashes, including two women in North Carolina.

Transportation crews across South Carolina are preparing the state’s roadways as precipitation continues and temperatures are predicted to dip.

The state Department of Transportation says its crews worked through the night to distribute more than 2,000 tons of salt on roads across the state. Officials say about 130 tons of sand has been put out on roads, too.

DOT says its crews are working in 12-hour shifts. Rain and freezing rain continue to fall throughout the state, and forecasters say that could begin to change to snow later in the day.

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