The latest on Winter Storm Grayson: Sumter School District closed Friday

Plus: Continuing feed for closures and weather updates


Sumter School District will remain closed Friday, Jan. 5, rounding out a whole extra week of winter break for students after Winter Storm Grayson dumped almost four inches of snow Wednesday night.

“Hazardous road conditions” were cited as Friday’s closure, said Shelley Galloway, a spokeswoman for the district.

Classes were supposed to resume on Wednesday after two weeks of the holiday break.


Continuing feed on Winter Storm Grayson and closures in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties.


(All times are Eastern Standard)

6 p.m.

Sumter United Ministries' emergency shelter opens at 6 p.m. every night, according to reporting by Adrienne Sarvis. The shelter normally closes at 7 a.m. but will remain open if temperatures are below freezing. Meals and beds are provided.


5:47 p.m.

City of Sumter sanitation services and public safety will run on regular schedules Friday, Jan. 5. Garbage and recycling pickup in the city was canceled Thursday.

Those who have sanitation services on Thursday will have thier next pickup on Thursday, Jan. 11, said Shelley Kile, communications director for the city.


2:07 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Chesterfield counties from 3-5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5

Wind chill values as low as 5 degrees can be expected.


12:30 p.m.

De-icing operations are continuing in Lee County, focusing on Interstate-20 eastbound and westbound, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Sumter County is monitoring I-95 temperatures and conditions while focusing their crews on the intersections at U.S. 521/U.S. 15 and U.S. 378/U.S. 261 and other reported icy spots.

The agency is warning motorists that roads are expected to re-freeze Thursday night, creating hazardous conditions over night and Friday morning.


12:09 p.m.

The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver, collect and sort mail following the storm, the agency announced.

"As postal employees make every reasonable, safe effort to deliver mail today, we ask that postal customers keep sidewalks and paths clear for letter carriers to perform their services safely," the agency said.

Carriers are not allowed to dismount for curbside boxes blocked by snow and ice buildup. Snow must be cleared to the curbline for at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier can approach and leave without backing up.

Mail that cannot be delivered today will be attempted again on Friday.

Customers with questions can call 1(800) 275-8777 or send an email to the Postal Service by click on "customer service" at the bottom of the website.


7:30 a.m., Jan. 4

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says driving east of Interstate-95 and I-95 south of I-26 is "strongly discouraged" as "conditions are hazardous."

The agency says de-icing operations are continuing in the "most severely impacted counties of Sumter and Lee."