Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain mixing with snow flurries this afternoon, but don’t believe there will be any accumulation of snow.

The ground and roads are still warm enough that any flurries will melt almost immediately, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

A “strong, upper-level disturbance” will move into the area today, bringing with it plenty of cold air, said meteorologist Bruce Cherry, which will settle in the atmosphere. That, coupled with the 60 percent of precipitation, could result in a wintry mix.

Temperatures today will start in the 40s, but by early afternoon, the temperature will drop.

“By afternoon, it could be cold enough,” said forecaster Bruce Cherry. “Models are showing there may be a period of time where rain will mix with snow. We’re not expecting any accumulation. Those are the preliminary thoughts right now.”

Precipitation should begin as rain, then mix with snow by mid-day, then change to all snow during the afternoon before ending by the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

It should be over with by early evening as the disturbance moves off to the east.

The last significant snow accumulation in Aiken County occurred in February 2010 when approximately five inches covered the area.

Tonight’s low will drop to 26 degrees.

Sunday’s daytime high is expected to be around 47 degrees with an overnight low of 29.


Inclement weather driving tips

S.C. Highway Patrol Lane Cpl. Judd Jones said one of the most important things to do when driving in inclement weather is to slow down.

“Leave three times more space than usual between your car and the one in front, and brake gently to avoid skidding,” he said.

Other good tips include avoiding the use of cruise control, using your headlights, and ensuring your windshield wiper blades work effectively.