COLUMBIA, S.C. -- County administration and state government offices are beginning to close as severe winter weather begins to effect the state. 

Decisions about the closing of state government offices are made county by county based on the same schedule as county government offices.  SCETV is broadcasting updated closing information about state offices via TV and radio.  As soon as the information is reported to SCEMD, closings are also posted on scemd.org.  

The National Weather Service predicts conditions to worsen as the day progresses, creating hazardous conditions with ice and snow accumulating rapidly throughout South Carolina.  Motorists are advised to remain off the road and to monitor local weather forecasts for updated conditions.  Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures.  Make sure they have a safe, warm place to stay while conditions remain cold and hazardous.  SCEMD also recommends preparing a place indoors for pets and farm animals with extra food and water.  

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