No repeat predicted of S.C’s 1989 pre-Christmas Snowstorm

National Weather Service graphic- Columbia

If you’re looking for Christmas snow, you may be- like we usually are in South Carolina – disappointed.

On Christmas Eve, Sunday, a high of 63 is forecast. Scattered showers are expected, with a low of 40, Sunday night. A high of 52 is forecast on Christmas day, Monday, with sun and clouds, A low of 30 is predicted for Christmas, or Monday, night. The day after Christmas, sunny skies are forecast with a high of 53.

But just before Christmas 1989, a large snowstorm hit portions of South Carolina. Snow was even seen in Columbia from the Coastal snow event.

The storm broke all-time snowfall records in Charleston (8 inches), and Savannah (3.6 inches.) Measurable snow fell as far south as Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Fla., and snow flurries were reported in Tampa and near Sarasota.
In addition to record amounts of snow unprecedentedly cold temperatures accompanied the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.