Forecast for midweek improves, weekend may see more rainfall

Rain falling on ground

Aiken County residents have been seeing a good bit of rain lately and this weekend was no exception, with some areas of South Carolina getting upward of 6 inches in the past few days.

“Basically it looks like the County saw .68 inches, which is a little less than an inch,” said Leonard Vaughan, hydrologist with the National Weather Service. “Yet, some parts of Aiken County around the Savannah River Site and Jackson saw 1 to 3 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday.”

The S.C. Drought Response Committee downgraded the entire state to no drought status when it met by conference call Friday.

The committee said the no drought status reflected the unprecedented heavy rain that fell across much of the state during the month of October, with some areas receiving upward of 28 inches since the beginning of the month.

Vaughan said between Sunday and Monday areas of Greenville, Spartanburg and even Charleston saw rain from 3 to 6 inches total.

“Statewide, some areas saw some flooding due to the heavy rainfall over the last couple days,” Vaughan explained. “But all that water has run off into rivers, so now the state is seeing some heavy river flooding.”

In Aiken County, the rain should have started slowing down by Tuesday night and by Wednesday the rain should come to a halt, according to Vaughan.

“By Wednesday night Aiken County should be getting a little bit of break from all the water,” Vaughan said. “It should be nice and dry for Thursday and Friday. Local residents will finally get some sunshine, but it won’t last too long as more rain is expected this weekend.”

On Wednesday, the Aiken area will see areas of drizzle with a chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s high will be near 72 with a low around 62.

Vaughan said there is a chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday, so the rainy days are not over just yet.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and court reporter with the Aiken Standard.