- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dozens of school districts across South Carolina delayed the start of school because of the unseasonably cold weather.

The National Weather Service says temperatures Thursday morning ranged from 9 degrees in Greenville to 23 in Beaufort.

Forecasters had a wind chill advisory in effect in the midlands and along the coast until late Thursday morning. Wind chill levels were expected to be as low as zero in the midlands and 5 on the coast.

Firefighters are reminding people to be careful when heating with fireplaces or space heaters. Plumbers suggest homeowners set faucets on drip. Some places may not get above freezing until Friday afternoon.

Many schools delayed classes from one to three hours so students would not have to wait for buses in the cold.

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