- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on winter weather in South Carolina (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

The winter weather has ended the second week of South Carolina’s legislative session early.

Both the House and Senate decided to cancel their Wednesday and Thursday sessions because of snow near Columbia and in the northern part of the state.

A number of committee meetings also have been canceled.

It’s early in the session, so lawmakers are doing much of their work in committees.

Gov. Henry McMaster was supposed to deliver his State of the State address Wednesday night, but delayed his speech for a week because of the weather.

Most schools and county offices in the northern half of the state are closed Wednesday.

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12:30 p.m.

Transportation employees in South Carolina are working to keep highways passable as snow moves into the central and western parts of the state.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said late this morning that crews pretreated bridges and interstate highways and are working to keep vehicles rolling safety.

The agency said about 1,400 employees are involved in the effort.

Workers have put down nearly 480,000 gallons (1.8 million liters) of salt brine. Workers have also distributed nearly 6,200 gallons (23,400 liters) of chemicals and 1,800 gallons (6,800 liters) of salt. Other crews have distributed more than 240 tons (218 metric tons) of sand.

As much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is possible across South Carolina, with the highest snowfalls expected around Rock Hill.

The weather prompted Gov. Henry McMaster to postpone his State of the State address scheduled Wednesday night until Jan. 24.

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9:30 a.m.

Snow has moved into South Carolina and Gov. Henry McMaster has postponed his first State of the State address.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories for most of the state on Wednesday, except for the south coast.

Forecasters said less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow was expected in central South Carolina. That forecast ranged up to 6 inches (15centimeters) of snow in the Rock Hill area. Lesser amounts were expected in the northwestern and northeastern parts of the state.

McMaster’s first State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday evening was rescheduled for Jan. 24.

The South Carolina Senate also canceled its Wednesday meeting.

Many schools and government offices were closed or delayed in western and central South Carolina.


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