Winter weather advisory issued for Upstate, WNC

(WSPA) – A winter weather advisory has been issued from 5 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday.

It affects portions of upstate SC, Northeast Georgia and Piedmont and western North Carolina.

On and off rain showers are expected through Saturday and some snow may mix in as the rain comes to an end.

We could see that mix start between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday.

The highest chances of accumulating snow are in the mountains of western North Carolina where there could potentially be one to two inches of snow through Friday night.

NCDOT told 7 News on Thursday night that they were preparing just in case.

Workers were scheduled for 12-hour shifts in advance of the possible snow.

“Let the workers work,” said NCDOT communications director David Uchiyama. “Let them have their space to lay down the brine, if that’s what we’re doing, lay down the salt or push the snow out of the way. They’re there for a reason and that’s to help you get where you want to go.”

A dusting on the grass is possible in the Upstate.

If any snow does fall in the Upstate, the best chances for accumulation would be in the far northern parts of the area.

Any accumulation would be light and mostly on grassy surfaces.

SCDOT says most counties are getting their equipment ready this morning.

They will start pre-treating bridges and overpasses today after lunch.

Tomorrow they will operate on a normal schedule, but can increase staff if they feel it is necessary.

Quieter weather returns over the weekend, but temperatures will stay cold.