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No snow, but maybe some freezing rain on the way to Charleston and lower South Carolina late Thursday

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Got bread? Milk? No need to dash out, forecasters say.

Thursday night won't bring snow to the Lowcountry, just maybe a little freezing rain late.

But the farther inland you go, the bigger the chance gets for flakes — mostly west and north of Columbia into the mountains.

"Zero," said meteorologist Emily Timte, with the National Weather Service in Charleston, when asked for the odds it would snow in the metro area. 

But she and WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson both are watching the computer runs for the prospect of freezing rain or sleet in the early hours Friday. Temperatures are expected to dip near freezing as the rain ends. Gibson said to be careful, particularly on bridges and elevated roadways.

And zip up that winter jacket: There's more on the way next week.

"Then we are watching for another possibility early next week, Tuesday into Tuesday night, for freezing rain or some form of icing, as well," Gibson said.

"Snow flurries are an outside chance for now, but early next week may hold the higher possibility to see a few flakes."

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