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Editorial: Reveling in a rare snow day

  • Lynn Crosby photo. A snowy scene in Grays

We enjoyed seeing the images of the county reveling in last week’s snow. Dogs catching snowballs, families building snowmen and kids bundled up in jackets and gloves and offering the biggest smiles as the snow (up to 6 inches!) surrounded them.

It was a fun time for many. No school, no work (for some) and a chance to experience a Lowcountry rarity. Winter Storm Grayson brought reports of 6 inches of snow in parts of Ridgeland (matching a county record high set in 1973) and 3 inches in Hardeeville.

In Yemassee, 4 inches of snow was reported and Bluffton also saw about 4 inches.

It was an unexpected winter wonderland and we hope you enjoyed the wintry weather.

But there were images we didn’t enjoy: tractor trailers on the side of the interstate, cars skidded off the road, and motorists stuck in traffic for hours. Interstate 95 was a standstill for some motorists and the icy conditions and accidents halted traffic. One reader who contacted us said he was stuck on the interstate near Exit 5 for almost seven hours.

The snow, ice and freezing temperatures made for awful road conditions and law enforcement and emergency personnel were busy.

In fact, Jasper County Fire-Rescue said from early morning Wednesday until Thursday evening, there were 106 traffic accidents in the county and, thankfully, no major injuries or fatalities were reported.

Statewide, in areas impacted by the storm, during a 24-hour period S.C. Department of Public Safety worked 916 collisions — included 351 in Jasper, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties.

However, there was a reported storm-related fatality in Kershaw County.

The storm was fun to be a part of, but the conditions were hazardous. We are thankful Jasper County — for the most part — stayed safe.

We are also thankful for our readers for sharing some fantastic storm snapshots.

We had such a great response that we were able to post several slideshows on our website. About a dozen of the pictures are in this week’s print edition.

The photos showcased fun times in the snow in the northern and southern parts of the county. We were happy to share them and we thank you.

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