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SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Counties across South Carolina were covered in white Saturday morning after a rare snow storm hit the coast.

Horry County, SC, and Scotland, Robeson, Brunswick and Columbus counties in North Carolina are under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Saturday. National Weather Service forecasters are warning that accumulating snow will continue across the Grand Strand, Lumberton and the Whiteville and Elizabethtown vicinity through the early morning hours with an additional inch of snow accumulation.

Snow in Myrtle Beach tapered off early Saturday with the final flakes falling around 4 a.m. The Florence area saw its last flakes between midnight and 1 a.m.

Reports from Horry County saw accumulations from 2.3 inches in Aynor, to 2.5 inches in Conway, 3.5 in Myrtle Beach, 4 inches in Conway and as much as 4.5 inches in Loris.

The last time Myrtle Beach saw three inches of snow was Jan. 25, 2000.

Trained spotters in Georgetown reported 2.5 inches of snowfall there. Georgetown has not seen 3  inches of snow since December 1989.

According to reports to the National Weather Service, the area hit hardest in the WMBF News viewing area were Oatland, SC in Georgetown County with 7 inches of snow, and Hemingway, SC, which received 6.8 inches Friday night and Saturday morning.

Unofficial snowfall reports

Darlington County
Darlington 5.0
Dovesville 5.0
Darlington 4.0
Florence County
Florence 3.0
Georgetown County
Oatland 7.0
Georgetown 2.5
Horry County
Loris 4.5
Conway 4.0
Myrtle Beach 3.5
Conway 2.5
Aynor 2.3
Marion County
Marion 3.3
Williamsburg County
Hemingway 6.8
Brunswick County, NC
Oak Island 5.0
Southport 5.0
Leland 3.0
Shallotte 0.8
Columbus County, NC
Whiteville 3.0
Robeson County, NC
Lumberton 3.5

Forecasters say the snow, which is wet and heavy throughout the area, will likely cause large branches and some trees to fall due to the added weight, which could lead to isolated power outages.

Roads will remain slick throughout the morning and officials urge extreme caution while traveling. Temperatures will rise above freezing Saturday with sunshine in the after, which should improve road conditions.

Forecasters believe slick roadways will be an issue Saturday night as any snow accumulation melts and freezes and temperatures dip after nightfall. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to stay off the roadways in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand due to deteriorating conditions.

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