COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - The governor has declared a state of emergency as a winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain moves into South Carolina.
The storm is forecast to bring as much as 6 inches of snow to some areas of the state, although the National Weather Service predicts from 2 to 5 inches in the Midlands.
The state-of-emergency declaration puts the National Guard on active duty to support state agencies.
The guard has wrecker teams and four-wheel drive vehicles that can be used in the storm response.
The order also activates the state's Emergency Operations Center and puts into effect the state's laws that prevent price gouging during the storm.
Plus, the declaration allows the governor to take whatever other steps are needed to protect residents.