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leading edge of the precipitation. this is becoming freezing rain. this is all rain further west. once it hits the dome of cold air, it will turn pink and it will be freezing rain chris and i are worried about this precipitation gets closer. along the i-85 corridor and north, through the eastern slopes of the mountains of north north carolina. here is the patch of rain and freezing rain, moving through and getting closer to the northeastern georgia have are shown county area. freezing rain all the way back into buncombe county, especially henderson county, freezing rain. all freezing rain, a lot of these roads are closed and very icy through the foothills of north carolina.
between it, this is the wedge of cold air that runs all the way back into northeastern georgia. when the rain is into our area, it will move into temperatures in the upper 20's around greenville, spartanburg, and anderson. that could cause big problems for us or this evening. chris will talk about that. chris: when did the temperatures warm above freezing? do they warm above freezing before the heavy stuff moves in? we think it will be half and half. some of the moisture will arrive over the cold air that will fall as freezing rain. then, we will warm up. we were looking at the models, and area right in here will warm up above freezing by 10:00. a lot of moisture will move in between now and then. around 11:00, an area like this northbound warms up above freezing. we will watch this closely. our eye on the area is through our skycam network.
wonderland. a coat of ice on our skycam. the roof on the golf course, completely covered in ice. go towards downtown greenville, we have a light mist, drizzle showing up in some locations. in spartanburg, freezing fog, freezing drizzle. the northeast wind keeping the temperature locked in at 28. that is the concern as we move forward. laurens, the threat is still right on the line. you are at 32 degrees. the biggest concern moving forward here is going to be in this red area, the northernmost part of greenville county and spartanburg county. this is where temperatures are going to hold on to freezing the longest when the moisture arrives. john will show you the latest model coming up in a few minutes. nigel: thanks, john and chris. the winter weather is canceling flights into and out of gsp. gabrielle: tim waller is live at the airport. he continues team coverage.
international airport. people are moving along fairly normally year. but we are hearing about some flight delays and cancellations. if you look at the big board of arrivals and departures, you can see a couple. most of the delays are for obvious cities, chicago, dallas right now showing a couple delays. they are coming in from weather systems at other airports. for the most part, that is from other airports and no delays per se right here at gsp except for canceled flights and delays. we talked to a woman a few minutes ago who is actually stuck here at gsp international airport. she was flying in floriri all the way to ash bank. -- all the way to asheville.
>> they routed us here because the weather supposedly was bad in asheville. when we got here, anyone who did not have a ride had to get on a bus. tim: so you are stuck? >> i am stuck until my friend gets here. tim: as far as the airport is concerned, a spokesperson told me a few minutes ago, they are ready for any weather system that happens here tonight. right now on the runways, they are using anti-ice agents. they are loloing at the ground temperature instead of what the air temperature is. she says if it gets worse and starts to ice up, they will use a de-icing agent. right now, people are working overtime late into the night to make sure all flights leave and arrive as scheduled. it could be interesting over the next few hours.
nigel: now a look at roads in the area. we begin with the interstate in spartanburg county. gabrielle: mike mccormick is live around i-26. mike: this is northern spartanburg county, prone to getting heavier ice and snow. we are close to landrum and the north carolina line. the interstate appears to be ok, which is why traffic is moving at a speed it would normally know that, which is not a good. the roads have been wet all day. it is very cold. there is a sheet of glazing, a thin sheet of ice on the trees. take a look at this handrail. you can see the ice buildup that is there. it is a thin sheet of ice. that is the problem. when you look at the handrail by itself, you can tell if there is anything wrong with it. that there is that slippery, glazing ice coat. that is the problem for the roads.
road in north carolina. we have seen vehicles go off the road after hitting just a little bit of ice. that is the concert. the good news, we have seen many dot crews on i-26 in spartan or county pretreating roads. emergency officials say there is less traffic today. >> with all the state offices being closed already due to the holiday, banks and other businesses already being closed, plus the 7 public school districts in spartanburg were very proactive and closed last night ahead of the storm, has helped us out tremendously. i know our public works and state d.o.t. crews have been out all night, and significantly less traffic on the roads than there would normally be has helped them tremendously. mike: emergency management officials in spartanburg county are keeping a close eye on the
i-26 appears to be ok, but because of the concern, many businesses in the spartanburg area closed early today, as did public libraries, because there is that concern of ice forming. you have to be careful. we will have another live look at 5:30. mike mccormick, wyff news 4, live in spartanburg county. nigel: thanks, mike. staying a step ahead of bad weather. that was the goal for many across northern greenville county. our team coverage continues with wyff news 4's myra ruiz, who is live and local in travelers rest. myra: we're in travelers rest. we are along highway 20 -- 276, where there is a chilly mist in the air. traffic appears to be moving smoothly, but we hear from people about slick spots on highway 25, where it goes over the swamp rabbit trail. several vehicles leaving the roadway not too long ago.
we were out in northern greenville county. this is a very pretty shot of the cliffs at mountain park. before we got to that, we saw a number of accidents, or heard about accidents like this one unto 76. dot workers had already pretreated the roads, but the -- they had to put sand and salt down because slick spots were reported. the rest-northern greenville campsite lost power for two days the last time a blast of winter came through. the owner says campers who use the site do okay in those situations, because they have backup generators and propane fuel. however, the owner prepares for potential ice storms by having the trees trimmed beforehand. >> the biggest things are trees. we're covered by trees, so any time there's ice or snow or anything, that's your biggest concern, generally. >> and we're just preparing by just coming to get some groceries, so that we don't have to be ininhe bad weather this evening.
eggs, just like what everybody else gets. and then, maybe something for dinner tonight, too. maybe some beef stew. myra: this is the fountain at the entrance to the cliffs at mountain park, partially frozen. the pond that the water flows into resembled an ice skating rink. crews are responding to rex. firefighters told us about slick conditions. d.o.t. crews are out and about, monitoring the situation. myra ruiz, wyff news 4, live in travelers rest. gabrielle: when this weather hits, certain spots can be more troublesome than others in the upstate. wyff news 4's aly myles shows us where crews want you to be extra careful. aly: chains on trucks, prepped. >> other than that, just kind of hoping for the best. aly: now, we wait. >> if we need to call in extra
extra people, and just kind of watching to see what it'll do. aly: when bad weather is predicted, sc-dot crews pre-treat the roads, stocking up on salt and brine. fire crews make sure they're ready, too. both know there are certain spots to pay more attention to. >> with the air getting underneath and over the top of a bridge, it cools down first, and is the first one to freeze. aly: for duncan fire department, a big trouble ot for them, i-85 from mile marker 63 to the 101. that's basically anywhere near the tyger river area. >> that section of road is always bad for us. we've had a fire apparatus hit there, probably 4 years ago, 5 years ago. aly: as always, the main tip when dealing with winter weather, if you can stay home, do stay home. >> try to stay off the roads if it gets bad, if possible. stay indoors. but if you have to get out, just be safe with it. aly: aly myles, wyff news 4, in spartanburg county. nigel: coming up, commitment
heidi cruz stopped by the upstate, campaigning for her husband ted cruz. gabrielle: a conversation over replacing antonin scalia continues. the debate over whether the president should appoint a nominee. john: a live shot over lake hartwell, low clouds and fog and heavy, freezing drizzle continues with the temperature in anderson of 29 degrees. i will be right back. gabrielle: now, here is a look at your winning midday numbers in the
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if you are going to this event, give yourself as much time as possible. we will continue with our commitment 2016 coverage. former president george w. bush, campaigning for his brother in south carolina. president bush and the former first lady, laura bush, visited the american legion post in columbia. they met with supporters and veterans. bush is campaigning for his brother jeb ahead of the primary. also with the former president was senator lindsey graham. graham also is endorsing jeb. both graham and former president bush say jeb has the best executive leadership experience, and that makes him the most qualified to be the republican nominee. >> the bush values are south carolina values. the trump values, i don't know who associates themselves with the trump values, disparaging women and insulting a whole group of people. and, you know, i just think that the bush values are south carolina values, and that will be important in this race. nigel: now, here's something
the bush family has never lost a primary in south carolina. the former president bush and former first lady will campaign for jeb later, at an event in north charleston. gabrielle: the wife of republican presidential candidate ted cruz was in greenwood today. heidi cruz made a stop at lander university. she spoke one-on-one with students there, and talked about why they should vote for her husband. >> restoring our constitutional liberties. if you want someone who is going to restore this county to having people in washington listen to the american people, our political class must stop ignoring the voice of the voters. ted is your guy. gabrielle: jeff duncan has endorsed ted cruz for president, and joined mrs. cruz on the campaign trail today. he talked about the death of u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia. the 79-year-old died on saturday. today, duncan said that voters need to consider the justices the next president will appoint to the supreme court. >> if we think about the next president, they're going to appoint 1, 2, or 3 supreme court
think about that in relation, in relation to who you want the next president of the united states, and whether they would appoint justices in the 3rd branch of government that reflect your ideals and understanding of the constitution. nigel: today, in washington and on the campaign trail, the fight continues over replacing scalia. gabrielle: he was a reliable conservative vote on a court that was delicately divided for years, nigel: and today, republicans and democrats are fighting over whether president obama has the constitutional right to appoint a nominee of his choosing. gabrielle: brian mooar has the story from washington. brian: even as washington prepares to say farewell to justice antonin scalia, it's at war over his replacememt, and whether it's president obama's choice to make. >> this country has not gone with a year-long vacancy on the supreme court since the civil war. brian: democrats are outraged by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell's declaration he won't consider a nomination until the
and the battle has spread, from congress to the campaign trail. >> the senate has a duty to consider that, and to decide whether or not to confirm whoever the president nominates. >> i'm not saying that obama shouldn't do it. i'm just saying the republicans should not allow it to happen. brian: republicans are vowing to make this election a referendum on how the next president will fill that open seat. >> we were reminded saturday evening, by an untimely death, of what the stakes are in this election. >> we are one justice away from losing our fundamental rights in this country. brian: but not everyone's comfortable with this fight. >> scalia dies, and one second after he's dead, they already starting fighting about politics. brian: politics, but both sides agree on the stakes, a seat that could determine the high court's direction for decades to come. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> now, your live super doppler
john: the storm system is out here in louisiana. the rain is up through tennessee and kentucky. warm temperatures here, even lightning strikes and thundershowers west of atlanta. very unstable. these are tornado watch boxes, reports of tornadoes touching down, no reports of injuries or damage, early this afternoon i i mississippi. tornado watches in florida and alabama. you can see, all the way up into the mid atlantic, we will close on in and take a look. freezing rain continuing here there been northern part of greenville county. what you don't see on the radar is actually freezing drizzle, which has been continuing across the area as temperatures are right around freezing, if not below. i will tell you those temperatures in a minute. the wedge of cold air runs into north georgia.
southwestern mountains and central mounds of north carolina, all green. that is because the cold air is heavy and backs up against the mountains and sits there close to the ground. the warm, moist air, lighter than the cold air, goes up and over the dome in the upstate in the mountains. that is why the mountains warm up more quickly and the upstate, with a northeasterly wind driving in the cold. the pink is all freezing rain. a lot of freezing rain for the foothills of north carolina, all the way back into henderson county, rutherford county, polk county, forest city, big-time lines. it could get worse as heavy rain moves into the area. you are below freezing so you could see a pretty good glaze of possible. there is some of the rain, freezing rain and rain mixed. you're the temperatures. 7:00 this evening, around the freezing mark in gaffney, spartanburg, greenville.
the way up into the foothills and mountains of north carolina. heavier moisture comes in, and we hope to warm up around 11:00 this evening. but northeastern greenville, northern spartanburg county to the foothills, that is where you will see heavy freezing rain. everybody gets heavy rain and temperatures warm up as we get past midnight tonight. then, we could go back to snow showers along the tennessee line tomorrow morning. a live shot over lake hartwell in anderson, and we are talking about heavy drizzle continuing across the area. look at these temperatures. continuing to drop, 28 in spartanburg and greenville, with a northeasterly wind it makes it feel like windchill of 17 in greenville, 17 in spartan. very cold temperatures. there is the high temperature, wedging all the way down across our area. the front goes by tomorrow morning, and we will have milder temperatures. a wave comes in quickly from the west.
tomorrow evening. all of us could see showers mixed with snow showers tomorrow night. it heads out to see wednesday. tonight, freezing rain and rain with rising temperatures after midnight and later this evening. temperatures around freezing, but going up. tuesday, mostly sunny, milder. high 57 in the upstate. scattered showers and breezy, high 48 in the mountains. it can be mixed with wet snow tomorrow night. beautiful weather as we end the week. overall, not too bad.
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breaking news. with nigel robertson, gabrielle komorowski, and the weather with chief meteorologist john cessarich. this is wyff news 4 at 5:00 in high definition. gabrielle: take a look at this video out of north carolina. dozens of cars are abandoned on roads in winston-salem. snow fell overnight, forcing drivers who were stuck to leave their cars. winston-salem police say the phones were ringing off the hook from people involved in weather-related accidents. nigel: now, let's take a
live look outside in greenville through our peace center sky cam. you can see, it's very wet out there right now as we speak. temperatures are falling. gabrielle: in western north carolina, here is a live picture from our asheville skycam. it is gray and cold. john cessarich and chris justus are in our studio, tracking the latest. john: very heavy, freezing drizzle across the area.