Greenville County schools and offices will be closed Monday, according to Beth Brotherton, spokesperson for the Greenville County School District.
Maintenance teams checked road conditions throughout the county and tried to clear parking lots and entry ways to schools on Sunday afternoon. However, officials decided to close schools after maintenance teams determined “many roads in the county are still impassable,” according to a press release.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Upstate because of black ice, which occurs when melted snow refreezes overnight. The advisory is in effect until noon Monday.
“While conditions on most interstate, highways and many main roads have improved, many secondary roads and side streets remain snow and ice covered,” according to the advisory. “There are lingering patches of black ice in shady and less traveled areas. Therefore, motorists are advised to use extreme caution when driving tonight and Monday morning.”
Winter Storm Helena has dumped more than five inches of snow in areas of Greenville.
According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snowfall in Greenville County occurred in Berea and Travelers Rest, which saw around 6 inches of snow. Southern Greenville County communities, such as Simpsonville and Mauldin, only received a combination of sleet and freezing rain and less than one inch of snow.
Maintenance teams are working to clear school parking lots and walkways. pic.twitter.com/JHr4pE9ple
— Greenville Schools (@gcschools) January 8, 2017
Snow flurries continued to fall in parts of the county Saturday morning but eventually moved out of the area. Now that the snow has stopped, “an Arctic air mass will build into the region, bringing exceptionally cold temperatures,” according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 16 degrees on Sunday night and remain in the low to mid 30’s through Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are expected to enhance cold temperatures and keep snow around until Tuesday, when melting will likely occur as temperatures are expected to reach the 40’s across the Upstate.
By the end of the week, temperatures are expected to reach 60 degrees with a chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.