Snow could begin falling in the northern Midlands Friday before midnight, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, issued just before 3 p.m. Friday.
Chesterfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and Lee counties are under a winter weather advisory and could see more than an inch of snow between 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the weather service.
Snow flurries could also come to Richland and Lexington counties after midnight, but no more than a half-inch is expected to fall in the Columbia area.
Regardless of the snowfall, a wintry mix of sleet and rain is expected to begin in Columbia around 9 p.m. Friday. Temperatures will fall below freezing, with the low hovering around 30 degrees Friday night.
The National Weather Service issued a similar forecast this morning. By Friday afternoon, it was updated to show a higher confidence of some snow accumulation in northern Midlands counties Friday night into Saturday morning.
There could be minor weather impacts on roadways in the northern Midlands and the Pee Dee. Precipitation in the Columbia area is not expected to impact most roads.
It will stay chilly Saturday, with an anticipated high temperature of 42 degrees in Columbia.
The entire Midlands area is under a lake wind advisory and could experience gusts up to 25 knots on area lakes through Saturday.
This is the third weekend in a row that forecasters have predicted possible snow for the Midlands. Last week, the National Weather Service recorded 2 inches of snow accumulation at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
The last time snow accumulated in the area was Jan. 2017, according to the National Weather Service.