Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Snow in the Lowcountry
Tuesday afternoon, January 20, snow flurries and a wintry mix blew across the coastal plain. No snow to speak of was reported in Ridgeland or Charleston, but more inland locations like Bamberg and Orangeburg counties received a good "dusting" of snow. Accumulation was less than an inch due to the short duration of the snowfall that lasted approximately from 2 to 5 p.m. Snowfall in the Lowcountry is indeed rare, and the conditions of air moisture and freezing temperatures don't often coincide here. The white flakes were small, yet beautiful, as they were blown by the north wind - reminding us that January and February are still winter months - even along the Atlantic. The photo shows fresh snow on a magnolia tree in western Colleton county.