Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 9, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 9
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Snow may return with ice
By SUZANNE R. STONE
The National Weather Services forecast details are sharpening as snow and ice approach the Aiken area.
“Right now we’re still looking few precipitation to begin, especially in the CSRA, after midnight tonight, and it looks as though ifs going to be mostly snow right through the morning hours of Monday,” said meteorologist Al Moore. "During that time, from the data we’ve looked at, there’s the potential for I to 3 inches of accumulation for the Aiken area through that time. < >n Monday afternoon, as the upper atmosphere slowly warms up, it will cause a gradual changeov er to a mix of free/mg rain and sleet. During that time, from early Monday afternoon to early Monday evening, we’ve got the potential tor up to a quarter-inch of ice on top of the snow accumulation because of the liquid content.”
Precipitation is expected to continue through the evening hours of Monday but should lighten considerably to a freezing drizzle, Moore said. Temperatures will drop to freezing Monday night, and the light precipitation could linger on into early Tuesday. By late Monday night ami the early hours of Tuesday, the low pressure front driving the precipitation should begin to pull oft the coast of South Carolina.
“Sunday’s nighttime temperatures will be pretty cold before the precipitation even begins. It will hive dropped to about 30 degrees by midnight and will settle to 28 degrees by Monday morning. By late morning to midday Monday, it might be between 30 and 32 degrees, maybe even as high as 35 degrees, and titose low temperatures are what will cause Ute ice glaze over the snow Moore said.
Winds w ill begin with breezes of 51 IO miles per hour from the northeast tonig i, increasing to IO to 15 miles pet hour from the northeast by Monday morning. The w md will be strongest Monday afternoon from the northeast at 15 to 20 miles, according ti Moore.
The National Weather Sen ice s data for the area is updated 24 hours a dav oniae at www.weather.gov/eae and is broadcast >n NOAA Weather Radio v ta a mat emitter in Aiken
Aiken Standard file phoi i The fountain at the intersection of Park Avenue and Laurens Street was frozen over in an ice storm in 2004. See more on 16A.
Agencies get ready for weather
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Local law enforcement agencies and gas and electric companies are fully prepared for tonight’s big storm and are urging residents to be prepared, as well.
Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Tumo said the department, as well Mi the department of public works, are ready and prepared for whatever they may face.
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Aiken County residents are bracing for what could be a significant weather event overnight, and the Aiken Standard plans to make sure you stay in the know as it happens - with a lot of help from you, our readers, ASTV viewers and aikenstandard.com users.
Tune in to ASTV channel 95 on Atlantic Broadband Cable starting at 7 a.m.
Monday, and well bring you live reports on the road conditions, area school closings and delays and all of the information you’ll need to weather the anticipated storm.
This video feed will also be available live a’ aikenstandard.com for those without access to the cable channel; the video stream can also be accessed from your smartphone and mobile devices at aikenstandard.com/snow. We ll stay on the air throughout the day and won’t sign off until the threat of ice and snow passes.
Here’s how you can help. Call our winter weather hotline at 644-2395 and let us know if your place of business is altenng schedules or you need your employees to know they shouldn’t venture out until dangerous driving conditions have passed. Beyond that, call the hotline to let us know what you are seeing in your area. Are there accidents or trees down in your neighborhood ’ What about a power outage? Give us a call to report any news tip related to the weather conditions, and well pass it along to everyone else. We may even interview you live on the air.
We also want to see and share your photos of everything from snow man building to crews out working to restore power and clear clowned trees. Send those photos via email to editorial® alloctandard.com, and well feature them on TV and the web as the day progresses. We look forward to all of your calls and emails and to sharing the valuable information they’ll bring to all of us.
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Deaths and Fun* rate 16A
Rep. Giffords shot, 6 killed in rampage
Tucson, Aru. — Rep. Gabriel Ie Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday by a gunman who opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with voters, killing a federal judge and five others in a rampage that rattled the country and left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect
• Fed judge among victims 16A
• Giffords among lawmakers getting threats last year 113A
over the edge.
Pima County Sheri lf Clarence Dupnik said Giffords was the target of a gunman whom he described as menially
unstable and possibly acting along with an accomplice. He said Giffords was among 13 people wounded in the melee that killed six people, including Arizona’s chief federal judge, a 9-year-old girl and an aide for the Democratic lawmaker. He said the rampage ended only after two people tackled Che gunman.
Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson At the Graniteville Memorial Service Saturday, candles were lit by select members of victims' families in honor of remembrance.
Ceremony remembers victims of derailment
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By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
More than IOO people came together Saturday for the sixth annual Train IXrrail-ment Memorial Service at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
The two-hour sen ice to remember the nine who lost their lives in the Jan. 6, 2005, disaster, included unity' and church choirs, recognition of special guests, a candle lighting for recognition of lost love ones, prayer and words of encouragement f rom various speakers.
WRDW-TV News 12’s Chns Thomas was the master of ceremony and led the church in the national anthem to begin the ceremony.
During the welcome,
Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young and Sen. Shane Massey addressed the church separately, both providing encouraging words and expressing pride for the Graniteville community.
After a selection by the Christian Heritage Church Choir and recognition of special guests, family members of the v iclims stood at the front of the church to light candles for their lost loved ones - Stev en W. Bagby,
Tony M. Deloach, Allen I Frazier, John Henry Laird Jr., Fred (Rusty) Rushlon 111, Christopher G. Seeling, Willie Charles Shealey, Joseph J Lee Stone ami Willie Lee
Dustin Rushton, 18, lit a candle in remembrance of his father, Fred (Rusty) Rushton 111. As time goes on, he said, dealing w ith the loss of his * father does seem to become easier.
“I guess it only gets easier because you learn to live with the loss,” he said.
Hie teenager said he was in seventh grade when the disaster struck and woke up to the bad news via a phone call.
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