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When you are charged with a crime or are involved in an accident, it can seem like the world is crashing down around you. Between the threat of incarceration and the chance of financial loss, these foreboding situations often feel overwhelming. Friends and family cut ties, your employer threatens termination, and life seems hopeless. It is imperative to have a fighter on your side during these trying times: one that will stick with you through thick and thin, without any judgments.

Welcome to the Law Office of Richard Waring: where defending your rights and freedoms is paramount in securing your future.

Richard implements a powerfully simple yet effective model for all his clients’ cases:

  • The Relentless Pursuit of a Positive Outcome
  • The Use of Creative Problem-Solving Tactics
  • Excellent Communication

When you are ready to fight back against the allegations against you, it is time to call the Law Office of Richard Waring – a criminal defense attorney on Myrtle Beach, SC, with the knowledge, experience, and drive to defend you during your most difficult time.

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From Prosecution to Protecting Your Rights in Myrtle Beach

Richard Waring began his commitment to community service years ago. As a young man, he would spend his summers volunteering his time to help needy communities.

As an adult, his desire to help others manifested itself while I served as a prosecutor for "close to 10 years."?. During this time, he would take part in some of the most difficult trials in the Lowcountry’s history. He prosecuted thousands of individuals for crimes such as assault and battery, armed robbery, drug crimes, DUI, financial crimes, and even murder.
His time as a prosecutor was priceless, giving him valuable insight and knowledge into the inner workings of Myrtle Beach’s legal system. Today, Richard uses that experience to vigorously defend good, hardworking men and women whose freedoms are only one judgment away from disappearing.
Whether you made a mistake and need a second chance or have been wrongfully accused of a crime, you need a professional who has put in time on both sides. At the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest easy knowing this former prosecutor will fight tooth and nail for your freedom.

Criminal Defense

When you are charged with a crime, it can become a horrible experience. The range of emotions one goes through can be taxing: embarrassment, humiliation, regret, sadness, despair. The domino effect that often happens when charged with a crime can be awful, as well: loss of job, abandonment by your family or significant other, dirty looks from those in your community.

Fortunately, a criminal defense attorney in Myrtle Beach, SC, can help restore your reputation and repair your life. In times of legal crises, your friends and family may cut ties, but Richard Waring will be on your side from the time you call his office to the time your case is resolved.

Having prosecuted thousands of cases in South Carolina, Richard has a set of skills and experiences; assets that have guided him to win criminal cases against the government. Richard truly knows the criminal justice system’s ins and outs and is dedicated to fighting for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome on their criminal cases.

While some cases result in a positive outcome quickly, others must go to trial. Much like a combat athlete trains for months, hones his or her skills, and goes to war with an opponent, Richard Waring has prepared for and battled it out in many high-profile trials.

When you trust the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Each of our criminal defense clients receives the following when entrusting Richard Waring as their criminal defense lawyer in Myrtle Beach:

  • Vigorous representation
  • Quick response to emails and phone calls
  • Compassionate, understanding treatment
  • You will never be treated as unimportant or second-rate
  • Thorough investigation for your case
  • All of your constitutional rights, including the right to a fair trial, upheld
  • Notifications of important updates

The following are common cases that Richard Waring can handle for you:

  • Misdemeanor DUI/DWI
  • Felony DUI/DWI
  • Violent Crimes including: Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Assault and Battery, Attempted Murder, and Murder
  • Strong Armed Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Drug Crimes
  • Manufacturing of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Distribution of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Gun crimes including: pointing or present a firearm, possession of a pistol with obliterated serial numbers, possession of a stolen pistol
  • Restoration of Your Gun Rights
  • Trespassing
  • Larceny and Burglary
  • Property Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Shoplifting
  • Financial Crimes including: Forgery, financial transaction card theft, fake IDs, breach of trust, obtaining goods by false pretenses
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Traffic Crimes including: driving without a license, speeding, reckless or careless driving
Criminal Defense
Importance Of Your Criminal Defense Attorney In Myrtle Beach, SC

Importance Of Your Criminal Defense Attorney In Myrtle Beach, SC

There are several key players in the criminal justice system, each with its own roles. The prosecutor is tasked with enforcing laws and convicting offenders. The judge serves as an unbiased decision-maker. The criminal defense attorney’s role is to protect the rights of the individual who is charged with a crime – a vitally important role in the criminal justice world.

Having a proactive, experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side almost always improves your chance of a positive outcome. While their primary role is to defend your rights and protect you from excessive sentences, they have many other duties.

When you entrust Richard Waring as your defense advocate, he will fight to protect your rights throughout the case by:

  • Arguing in court to reduce how much you must pay to post bail
  • Being present during police interrogations and interviews
  • Discovering and applying potent legal defenses
  • Advising you on your decision to plead guilty, not guilty, or to go to trial (if applicable)
  • Explaining the implications of pleading guilty
  • Gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses relating to the allegations against you
  • Meticulously examining the circumstance surrounding your search and arrest (if applicable) to uncover Fourth Amendment violations
  • Meticulously examining any drug or DUI-related chemical tests to ensure accuracy and uncover errors
  • Representing you during scheduled hearings
  • Representing you during a jury trial
  • Working with the prosecutor to discuss plea deals or the possibility of a reduced sentence
  • If convicted, representing you during the sentencing phase and arguing on your behalf for a fair sentence

Knowing Your Rights

As a defendant, you have important rights. Some of the rights that Richard Waring will fight to protect on your behalf are:

  • The right to a speedy trial
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right against unreasonable seizures and searches
  • The right against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The right against cruel and unusual punishment
  • In most cases, the right to a jury trial
  • The right of innocence until proven guilty
  • The right to legal representation

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Myrtle Beach, the government must supply you with a public defender.

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Myrtle Beach, the government must supply you with a public defender.

Knowing Your Rights
Knowing Your Rights

Criminal Case Timeline In Myrtle Beach, SC

If you or a member of your family is facing criminal charges in Myrtle Beach, there is no doubt that you are anxious about the road ahead. You are not alone – most of our criminal defense clients worry about the uncertainties surrounding the legal process and what is next in their case.

At the Law Office of Richard Waring, we empathize with this stress, and as such, make every effort to address anxiety-inducing questions like:

  • How long will it take for my case to be resolved?
  • What type of sentence is common for the crime in which I am being accused?
  • Will the prosecutor offer me a favorable plea deal?

We cannot answer these questions in detail until we have time to review your case and speak with you one-on-one. Until that time, this high-level view of Myrtle Beach’s criminal case timeline can offer some insight into what lies ahead.

Arrest And Investigation

Arrest and Investigation

This is the first step in the criminal case timeline. During this time, police officer(s) will investigate the potential crime at hand and arrest whomever the officer(s) believes to be responsible. At this point, the person in question is considered a Defendant.

Initial Bond Setting

Initial Bond Setting

Shortly after the arrest (typically within the same day), defendants are granted an initial bond hearing. This short proceeding determines whether a defendant will be released from jail while charges are pending. It is wise to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Myrtle Beach, SC, before this hearing so that they may argue on your behalf.

Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary Hearing

The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence (or probable cause) for the case to carry on. Defendants must request this hearing within 20 days of their initial bond setting. Hearings typically commence within three to six weeks. It is especially important that defendants retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at this stage.

Initial Appearance

Initial Appearance

The main purpose of this court date is to determine if the defendant has hired an attorney or will need a public defender appointed to them. If you have an attorney before this hearing, defendants are not required to be present. The initial appearance typically happens 45 days after the arrest.

Plea Offers

Plea Offers

n some cases, the State may offer a plea offer to the defendant. If the defendant accepts this deal, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the defendant’s acceptance. If the defendant pleads guilty, they are typically sentenced on the spot. If the defendant rejects the plea, he or she may have to go before the judge to ensure they understand the consequences of rejecting a plea offer.

Discovery

Discovery

Under Rule 5 of the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure, the defendant will receive all evidence that will be used against them. As your criminal defense attorneys in Myrtle Beach, we will submit a written request to the court to obtain this information. It may take the State weeks or months to turn over their evidence, especially if that evidence is new.

Indictment

Indictment

The first barrier for the State to prosecute takes place during the preliminary hearing. The second occurs during the indictment phase. In general terms, an indictment is a document that details the criminal charges which the defendant must face. Each crime listed on the indictment is called a “count.” During this phase, the State will gather a “grand jury” comprised of public citizens. This jury is presented with evidence to help them approve or disapprove of the charges contained in the indictment. If the indictment is approved, the defendant’s case will proceed to trial. If it is rejected, charges are usually dropped.

Trial

During the trial, both the defense and prosecution will present evidence to a jury, who will hand down a final verdict. The prosecutor’s job during the trial is to convince the jury, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is under no obligation to prove anything. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Richard Waring will work hard to convince the jury of his client’s innocence while pointing out holes in the prosecution’s case.

Typically, a trial in Myrtle Beach includes the following phases:

  • Jury Selection
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Opening Statements
  • The State’s Case
  • Directed Verdict
  • The Defense’s Case
  • The State’s Rebuttal
  • Closing Arguments
  • Jury Instructions and Deliberation
  • Verdict and Sentencing

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Myrtle Beach, surrounding areas under ice-storm warning. Here’s the latest timeline

The latest update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., indicates forecasters are increasingly confident that the area will see freezing rain, slick roads, and downed trees and power lines caused by ice. The storm is expected to begin early Friday and last through Saturday morning, though ice may not begin to melt for a couple days.An ice-storm warning is in effect in a South Carolina county and five...

The latest update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., indicates forecasters are increasingly confident that the area will see freezing rain, slick roads, and downed trees and power lines caused by ice. The storm is expected to begin early Friday and last through Saturday morning, though ice may not begin to melt for a couple days.

An ice-storm warning is in effect in a South Carolina county and five North Carolina counties, according to the NWS. Those are Horry County, S.C., and Columbus Brunswick, Bladen, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina.

In Horry County, the storm prompted schools to move to online learning Friday, Horry County Schools announced Wednesday.

A winter-weather advisory is underway in eight other counties in the Carolinas, the NWS said. Those are South Carolina’s Georgetown, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro, and Robeson County in North Carolina.

Freezing rain is expected to begin Friday morning and last through the afternoon as the storm moves south. The storm is expected to end Saturday morning with up to a half-inch of sleet, snow, or both.

Icy conditions are expected to remain throughout the day Saturday, even after precipitation has stopped.

Threats posed by the severe weather include downed trees, power outages and dangerous travel conditions.

“It only takes a quarter inch of freezing rain to add hundreds of pounds of weight onto trees,” Steve Pfaff with the NWS told The Sun News.

The cold front is expected to arrive in the area Thursday evening, moving west to east. Arctic air brought on by the cold front could become dangerous for people without power for long periods of time. The coldest temperatures are expected along I-95, away from the coast.

Dangerous conditions in coastal waters are expected to persist until Saturday evening, including a gale warning in North Carolina waters and a small-craft advisory in South Carolina waters.

Forecasters expect winds between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph, which could add additional stress to icy trees and power lines, the NWS said.

Minor coastal flooding may line up with high tides Friday and Saturday morning, with Wilmington being the most likely to see minor flooding.

Rare ice storm poised to hit Carolina beaches, including Myrtle Beach and Charleston

(CNN)It's been nearly seven years since the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina, last issued an ice warning for its area. Now, over 10 million people along coastal parts of Virginia and the Carolinas are under winter weather alerts.Ice storm warnings on Thursday include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, where up to a half-inch of ice could bring down trees and power lines and cause dan...

(CNN)It's been nearly seven years since the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina, last issued an ice warning for its area. Now, over 10 million people along coastal parts of Virginia and the Carolinas are under winter weather alerts.

Ice storm warnings on Thursday include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, where up to a half-inch of ice could bring down trees and power lines and cause dangerous road conditions.

The governors of North and South Carolina have issued states of emergency in preparation for the winter weather.

"It all starts first with the cold front that's going to move through the Carolinas during the daytime" Thursday, said Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

That cold front and low pressure system will usher in precipitation and a very cold air mass behind the front -- cold enough to bring winter weather elements Thursday night through Saturday. The low pressure system's location -- whether offshore or closer to the coast -- will determine how much rain, snow and ice these areas see.

"If it's too far offshore, you literally could have nothing," Petro told CNN Weather. "But if it stays close to the shore, then we could have a wintry mix of snow, some sleet, maybe some freezing rain closer to the coast."

Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina are likely to see widespread freezing rain late Thursday night into Friday. On Saturday, conditions could shift to sleet and snow.

"Our best forecast is that areas away from the immediate coast and beaches will see a quarter of an inch, maybe as much as four-10ths of an inch of ice, lower amounts near the coast and maybe some lower amounts where some sleet and snow will mix in along our I-95 corridor counties," Mark Bacon, meteorologist at the Wilmington weather service office, said.

A little farther north in Virginia, temperatures will be just cool enough that most precipitation will be in the form of snow.

From Raleigh up through Virginia Beach and Norfolk, 2 to 4 inches of snow are forecast.

When it comes to ice, travel and power outages remain the most significant concerns.

In coastal South Carolina and Georgia, where freezing conditions are "fairly rare," icing will be the main challenge, said Steven Taylor, lead forecaster with Charleston, South Carolina, weather office.

"Any type of icing is significant for us, but we have a lot of elevated bridges and roadways across, especially the Charleston and Savannah metro areas. So, any type of icing that could occur will certainly be a problem for travelers."

Note: Based on utilities' self-reported outage information on their public websites. Information is not available from all utilities. "Customers" typically represent points where power service ends, which could include individual homes, companies or entire apartment buildings. Lighter gray areas indicate missing data.

Another concern is what happens after the storm passes. By Saturday night, temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s across much of the Carolinas, making for dangerous conditions if customers lose power.

"People succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning when they're using heaters that aren't rated for the indoors," he said, adding that people should avoid any unnecessary travel from Friday through Saturday morning, when the storm will be at its worst.

And if you do run a generator, Taylor emphasized, make sure it is in a well-ventilated space.

CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater contributed to this story.

Treacherous snow and ice expected in eastern Carolinas, southeast Virginia into Saturday

A dangerous winter storm is in the cards for eastern North and South Carolina and southeast Virginia, where freezing rain followed by a blitz of snow will bring major impacts at times late Thursday into early Saturday. Ice storm warnings are up along the coast in such cities as Wilmington, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., where up to a quarter-inch of glaze is expected.The National Weather Service is warning that “ice accumulations will make traveling extremely hazardous if not impossible.” Power outages could be scattered to...

A dangerous winter storm is in the cards for eastern North and South Carolina and southeast Virginia, where freezing rain followed by a blitz of snow will bring major impacts at times late Thursday into early Saturday. Ice storm warnings are up along the coast in such cities as Wilmington, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., where up to a quarter-inch of glaze is expected.

The National Weather Service is warning that “ice accumulations will make traveling extremely hazardous if not impossible.” Power outages could be scattered to widespread, and the ice is likely to take a severe toll on vegetation.

It’s the first ice storm warning the Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued since 2015. Farther north, winter storm warnings are in effect for eastern North Carolina, with winter weather advisories up for the coastal Tidewater region.

Southeast Virginia could experience a combination of ice and snow at times through Saturday morning. It’s under a winter weather advisory through Thursday night for a mix of icy precipitation and a winter storm watch Friday into Saturday for 4 to 6 inches of snow.

On Thursday morning, the first ingredient integral to Friday and Saturday’s winter storm — a cold front — was sliding through the Mid-Atlantic with less fanfare than originally anticipated. While a burst of moderate to heavy snow was predicted along the heavily traveled Interstate 95 corridor, only rain with a few wet flakes mixed in fell during the morning commute.

Though the front has been underwhelming, it will allow a wedge of cold, dense air to spill south and east. The front will eventually sag toward the Carolina coastline and stall for roughly 48 hours.

Around the same time, a developing offshore low-pressure system will tug a stream of mild, moisture-rich air northward. It will slide over the shallow layer of frigid, dense air near the surface in a process called “overrunning.” Precipitation will fall as liquid rain but immediately freeze on contact with the ground thanks to surface temperatures in the upper 20s. A simulated “sounding,” or vertical profile of the atmosphere, illustrates the setup quite well.

Assuming ice and snow materialize as projected, light accumulations are likely over south-central and Southeast Virginia beginning in the mid- to late afternoon hours Thursday and continuing at night. Up to an inch of frozen precipitation could fall. Some light snow showers are possible in central North Carolina.

Precipitation will be confined mainly east of I-95 in North and South Carolina by the wee hours of Friday morning. Some sleet is possible on the back edge of the front in such cities as Wilson and Rocky Mount, N.C. That’s where cold air will be more deeply entrenched, allowing rain to freeze into ice pellets before hitting the ground.

Waves of moisture will ride along the front, which should be parked at the beaches by midday Friday. Temperatures will hover between 28 and 31 degrees. Light to moderate freezing rain is likely from the central coast of South Carolina through the Pamlico River in North Carolina east of Greenville.

Most of the impacts will be relegated to within 50 miles of the coast, though some of the colder pockets of eastern Georgia near Augusta could see a light glaze on Friday night. Freezing rain will continue past dark before clearing the coast before sunrise Saturday. The precipitation will probably end as a bit of snow in the North Carolina Coastal Plain.

A general quarter-inch to third of an inch of ice accretion is expected within one or two counties of the coast from a little north of Charleston, S.C., to north of Morehead City, N.C., mainly falling early Friday. Localized ice totals nearing half an inch, more than sufficient to bring down power lines and damage trees, are possible, too.

Farther inland, even Columbia, S.C., could see a light glaze, but any icing should remain east of Charlotte or Raleigh.

Most snow accumulation, on the order of 1 to 3 inches with a few isolated 4-inch amounts, would be relegated mainly to a narrow strip from northeast of Fayetteville, N.C., to Southeast Virginia, falling mostly Friday afternoon and night.

Some models paint a higher-end scenario with nearly half a foot of snow in Virginia Beach, but whether that occurs is predicated on how far north moisture expands. It’s worth noting that any snow that falls could hide existing ice, creating very slick conditions.

Thereafter, cold air will build into the Carolinas and linger through much of next week. Readings on Sunday could be more than 20 degrees below average.

Busy Myrtle Beach airport had ‘incredible’ year in 2021. Was it good for travelers?

Cabin fever was over for Myrtle Beach in 2021, at least at the airport.Long a destination for driving, Myrtle Beach International Airport saw thousands of new flights, destinations and hundreds of thousands of new air travelers passing through its gates last year.The airport had 3.2 million passengers pass through in 2021, a 188% increase over 2020, which like other airports, was hit hard by the pandemic, the airport ...

Cabin fever was over for Myrtle Beach in 2021, at least at the airport.

Long a destination for driving, Myrtle Beach International Airport saw thousands of new flights, destinations and hundreds of thousands of new air travelers passing through its gates last year.

The airport had 3.2 million passengers pass through in 2021, a 188% increase over 2020, which like other airports, was hit hard by the pandemic, the airport reported in a news release Wednesday. That’s also a 23% increase over 2019, the previous record holder for most passengers, when 2.6 million people made their way through its doors.

Part of the increase is attributed to Southwest Airlines’ expansion to the airport in May, adding dozens of new flights every week, the airport reported.

Spirit also added hundreds of new flights every week during the summer as it marked its 25th year of service to MYR. Frontier and United added several new nonstop flights to the airport.

Finally, at the end of the year, Canada’s Porter Airlines announced that it would resume flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach in March for the first time since the pandemic began.

“This has been an incredible year for both the airport and our community as a whole,” said Scott Van Moppes, Horry County director of airports, in a statement.

“Our transition from the challenges and uncertainty of 2020 to the significant recovery of 2021 is a testament to the resilience of the Grand Strand and Horry County,” he said.

Yet, even as the airport hails 2021 as hallmark year, the airport’s growth wasn’t easy for some passengers. The airport routinely experienced a record number of travelers, even in times known for being less busy, like October.

In past years, MYR was an airport known for its last-minute travelers. Travelers could arrive at the airport 45 minutes before their flight left, breeze through security and make it onboard with plenty of time to spare. The airport was like that for much of the year, local tourism experts said, even during the summer.

Those days came to an end last summer. In June and July, the airport had hours-long lines to get through security. The lines were so long, they stretched the entire length of the airport at peak times on the weekends.

Reports became abundant of people missing flights because they were stuck in line trying to get through security. Others complained about not being able to order food — or having to abandon it before it was ready — once they were inside security because those lines also were too long.

By midsummer, the airport and the Transportation Security Administration were regularly reminding passengers to show up at least three hours early. They stressed that that meant getting to the airport three hours before the flight, not leaving the hotel three hours before.

Airport officials had little control over some problems. As the summer went on, it became harder to get a rental car. A few times, people reported finally being able to get a car after waiting in line for hours, only to find that the car itself was dirty. In some cases, they stuck with the car, needing a way to get around since the area lacks a strong public transportation system and cars from ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft could cost more than $100 at peak hours, for those who could get a ride at all.

The airport also dealt with hundreds of flight cancellations as COVID made staffing planes harder and bad weather snarled air traffic around the country. Spirit, the airport’s primary carrier, had dozens of cancellations per day for a week in late July and early August, leaving hundreds of people stranded.

By mid-July, however, airport officials were getting a handle on the surge in passengers. TSA had been able to make several operational changes to speed up security processing.

At its worst, the airport had a 71-minute wait time to get through security on July 3. Within a week, the agency was able to cut that down to 38 minutes.

Now, the airport is looking ahead. Plans are underway to expand its existing terminal to add more gates in the next few years. The airport is also adding 100,000 gallons of fuel storage capacity to help with the new flights and will spend $20 million to upgrade its rental car lot.

”As we look toward the future, the airport team is committed to continually improving both the customer experience and operational efficiency, and will always strive to make MYR the gold standard for airports around the nation,” Van Moppes said in a statement.

FIRST ALERT: Travel conditions deteriorate quickly Friday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - We continue to monitor the latest changes to our FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS for Friday and Saturday as the risk of a significant winter storm continues for the Carolinas, bringing travel impacts and potential power impacts to the area.A WINTER STORM WATCH is out for the entire area and will likely be upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING sometime this morning starting at midnight Friday and continuing through Saturday at noon.A cold front will move in today, brining rainfall to the Carolinas during the afte...

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - We continue to monitor the latest changes to our FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS for Friday and Saturday as the risk of a significant winter storm continues for the Carolinas, bringing travel impacts and potential power impacts to the area.

A WINTER STORM WATCH is out for the entire area and will likely be upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING sometime this morning starting at midnight Friday and continuing through Saturday at noon.

A cold front will move in today, brining rainfall to the Carolinas during the afternoon and evening. It’s important to note that winter precipitation will not fall today. Highs will climb into the lower 60s ahead of the cold front, before the cold arctic air moves in behind the front late tonight and into Friday morning. By this evening, a developing low pressure system will push offshore and provide moisture across the Carolinas, including right here in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

New model data continues to come in colder, now bringing in the potential for a little bit more sleet into our forecast, especially inland on Friday before a changeover to snow west of I-95. The freezing rain will be likely be light and spotty across the area early Friday morning before turning steadier and more widespread by the afternoon and evening and continuing into Friday night. Ice accumulations may become great enough for power outages and very difficult travel. Sleet may cut down on the amount of ice west of I-95 but will still make travel treacherous. We’re still watching for significant icing, especially inland Horry County where that changeover to sleet might be at the last minute late Friday and into Saturday.

LATEST TIMING

It’s important to note that this timing WILL CHANGE but here’s at least an idea of what we can expect for now.

By daybreak Friday, inland areas will likely be near or just below freezing while the Grand Strand will be just above freezing. Areas of light freezing rain will be likely inland from the beaches through the morning.

The freezing rain could mix with a little sleet at times. Colder air will continue to gradually push into the area through the Friday with most areas below freezing by the middle of the day. Rain along the Grand Strand will transition to freezing rain during the day.

As the sun sets Friday night, temperatures drop into the lower to middle 20s. The very cold temperatures will lead to more periods of freezing rain and sleet at times and ice accumulations are looking more likely. How much ice develops is still uncertain at this point, but models continue to suggest that enough freezing rain and sleet may fall to cause some significant issues, including both travel and power outages. .

Most forecast models suggest the worst of the freezing rain and sleet will end around daybreak on Saturday. A brief period of light snow flurries may develop as the precipitation ends very late Friday night. Only areas well inland and near the NC boarder may see up to an inch of snow. No snow accumulations are expected across the rest of the region.

ACCUMULATIONS

Our latest thoughts on accumulations take in the potential for sleet increasing, especially inland before a transition to snow. Right now, the greatest risk for significant icing will be just inland into Horry County and into Marion, Florence, Dillon Counties. Of course, if enough cold air pushes in, we could see the greatest ice threat slide even further south into the Grand Strand. For now, focus on areas that have the chance to reach 0.25″ of ice. That includes Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the entire I-95 corridor. Those areas will be the ones we watch closely throughout the day on Friday for impacts to travel and power.

Now with colder air rushing in, there’s even a solid chance of some snow and sleet accumulations, especially west of I-95. That is the greatest threat for snow & sleet to reach up to an inch by Saturday morning. As you work further south, while snow is still possible to fall, it won’t amount to much. The bigger story south will be the sleet and freezing rain creating a glaze on the roads and a slick commute.

WHAT’S NEXT

With confidence increasing in the forecast. It’s important to start preparing for this storm, especially for the potential of ice Friday night and into Saturday morning. Make sure you do have a plan for power outages and have that First Alert Weather App downloaded.

Make sure you are also following our First Alert Weather Team on both Twitter and Facebook. They will continue to post updates throughout the week with changes to the forecast expected.

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