National Weather Service issues winter storm watch for Tuesday and Wednesday

Snow and sleet is possible in the Lowcountry Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists on Sunday issued a winter storm watch for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

Weather forecasts have differed about the possibility of snow for the last couple of days. Now it seems a lot more likely after the watch was issued for all of southeast South Carolina and Georgia.

Hazards include snow, freezing rain and sleet with possible accumulation, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston. It's possible to see freezing rain and sleet as early as Tuesday afternoon with it transitioning to snow overnight before ending on Wednesday.

The area could see as much as 3 inches inland, said Julie Packett, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Packett said an Arctic air mass is expected to arrive early next week, met by low pressure and moisture. It could stick around as late as Thursday.

The potential for snow is more likely away from the coast, such as Dorchester and Berkeley counties and parts of Charleston County. Packett said the coast is the big question mark.

The National Weather Service will continue to monitor the situation.

Either way, make sure you're bundled up.

"Regardless, it's still going to be quite cold," Packett said.

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