Holiday travelers donít have a lot to fear from the blast of the first winter storm tonight, or weather in general until Christmas. But watch the forecasts and watch out for icing, experts say.

The blizzard that dumped a foot on snow in the Rockies will sweep rapidly across the Lowcountry this evening about sunset, with the threat of thunderstorms and high winds,said meteorologist Julie Packett, with the National Weather Service, Charleston. It should move out in about two hours. For regional travel, the mountains will be the biggest concern because of snow, gusts and rain.

After tonight, itís colder and dry through Tuesday, Christmas Day. Temperatures could dip below freezing Friday and Saturday nights nearer the coast, and into the upper 20s inland.

Cross-country road and air travel might be slowed but it wonít be stopped, said Angela Vogel Daley, of AAA Carolinas.

More details in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.