A slower-than-expected move north by icy precipitation has helped road crews try to make a dent in the miles of slick roads across the Upstate.
A push of Gulf moisture toward the Upstate's low temperatures has nearly stalled across the Midlands, with Laurens, Abbeville and Greenwood counties getting most of the freezing rain and sleet.
Road crews spent much of Monday trying to get major roads clear enough to travel. Much of Interstate 85 was littered with cars and trucks that couldn't get up inclines until salt and sand trucks could clear some of the ice away.
Greenville County emergency medical services asked that people call for ambulances only for emergencies. Several ambulances were temporarily stranded by icy hills.
The Highway Patrol asked that people who don't need to be out on the roads stay home. Lance Cpl. Dan Marseau said, "This is one of the more dangerous coatings of ice we've ever had."
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has opened a toll-free call center for road conditions. The number is (888) 877-9151.
About half of the flights at Greenville-Spartanburg airport have been canceled, mainly due to planes being stuck on the ground elsewhere.
Areas along and north of I-85 will probably be clear from additional precipitation for a few more hours, but a wave of moisture over Alabama could be pulled up across the Upstate this evening. WYFF News 4 meteorologist John Cessarich said there could be a batch of light freezing rain over the Upstate this evening, but the heavy precipitation should stay south and east of I-85.
Temperatures should rise to the upper 30s Tuesday with some sunshine and wind in the afternoon to help melt the ice on the roads.
Stay tuned to WYFF News 4 and TheCarolinaChannel.com for the latest information.
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