UNION COUNTY — The weather is always changing and that’s true for Union County which got snow Sunday morning and will experience overnight temperatures in the 20s this week before the thermometer climbs back to the upper 60s on Saturday.
When the residents of Union County woke up Sunday morning they discovered their lawns, cars, home, yards, mailboxes and their communities and surrounding countryside covered in the first snow of the year. The snow began falling early Sunday morning becoming heavy before dawn before gradually decreasing into flurries which continued to fall until around 9:30 a.m.
Meteorologist Doug Outlaw of the National Weather Service in Greer said that his office had received reports of 1 1/2 inches of snow in the lower part of Union County and 2 1/2 inches in the upper part of the county.
The arrival of snow in the county proved to be short-lived, however, as much of it had melted by the afternoon.
“We had snow falling Sunday morning, but it didn’t last too long,” Outlaw said Tuesday morning. “It melted rather quickly.”
Though temperatures warmed up during the day, they again dropped Sunday night to below freezing forcing motorists, especially those leaving early in the morning, to turn on their defrosters.
Outlaw said the below freezing temperatures will be a fact of life in Union County during the middle of this week. He said that temperatures were expected to fall to 25 degrees Tuesday night and then down to 22 degrees on Wednesday night. Thursday night, however, will see a slight warming with temperatures falling to only 27 degrees.
“We’ll have really cold air the middle of the week due to that Noreaster,” Outlaw said. “But once that system moves through we’ll begin to warm up a little.”
As cold it was forecast to get, however, Outlaw said temperatures will still be above the record lows recorded for the region this time of the year. He said those lows included 20 degrees at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport and 16 degrees in Charlotte, NC.
While it will last longer than the snow did, the cold tempertures the county is expected to experience through Thursday night will give way to a warming trend on Friday when Outlaw said the overnight temperatures will only fall to 45 degrees.
Saturday will see the return of much warmer weather when Outlaw said the county will say a daytime high of 67 degrees with overnight lows remaining above freeznig, dipping down to only 38 degrees. He said Sunday will be slightly cooler with a high of 62 degrees.
As for precipitation, Outlaw said there is none in the forecast until late Friday night when there will be a 30 percent chance of rain.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.