According to the National Weather Service, as of Saturday, there is currently a 100 percent chance of a mix of freezing rain, sleet and/or rain in the Fort Mill area beginning late Saturday into early Sunday with a low around 27 degrees. Freezing rain is expected until at least 3 p.m. Sunday, with ice accumulation of between .2 and .4 of an inch. The high temperature is only expected to reach 35 degrees on Sunday, and wind gusts could reach close to 30 miles per hour. There is also a chance of snow between 8 p.m. and midnight on Sunday. Motorists are cautioned this weather could create slippery road conditions on Sunday and Monday. These conditions could also create significant power outages in our area. In preparation, please keep the following items in mind:
- Keep your phones and laptops charged in case of a power outage.
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of food, medicine, bottled water, batteries and flashlights.
- Keep your car fueled.
- Stay safe from carbon monoxide by making sure you always run your car in a well-ventilated space such as an open garage, and only operate a generator outside.
- Check on friends, family and neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
- Per Duke Energy, always stay away from fallen or sagging power lines.
Please note, trash collection is still scheduled to occur on Monday as normal, though weather conditions will determine if those services will be postponed until the following day. Emergency services will operate as normal. Also, please remember Town Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The MLK Call to Service Day has been rescheduled to Jan. 22.
Here is some important information for local utilities:
Duke Energy: Report outages at 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766). You may also report outages or view current outages at www.duke-energy.com/outages or text OUT to 57801.
York County Natural Gas: For concerns about service, call (803) 323-5304 during normal working hours (8am-5pm) or call the after-hours line at 866-201-1001. Visit Winter Weather Advisory | York County Natural Gas Authority (ycnga.com) for more information.
York Electric Cooperative: If you experience a power outage, please call PowerTouch at 1-866-374-1234 or text OUTAGE to 352667 (your cell phone number must be listed on your member profile for this feature to work). For more information, visit Storm Center — York Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Fort Mill Utilities (Water and Sewer) Department: To report a water leak or sewer problem, please call 803-547-7158 or visit Utilities | Fort Mill, SC (fortmillsc.gov).
Fort Mill Police Department: To report issues, please call the police department dispatch line at 803-547-2022. For emergencies, please call 911.
Keep an eye on our Town social media and website for further updates.