Lowcountry residents got a white Christmas a day late.
Snow flurries were often heavy around Charleston throughout Sunday morning and afternoon, although little to none of it stuck around as the ground, streets and bridges were too warm and wet.
The winter scenario lasted long enough for a number of residents to pull out their cameras and camcorders to capture the moment.
Meanwhile, Lowcountry residents were advised to be careful Sunday night and early this morning, as sub-freezing temperatures could ice up some roads and bridges.
Conditions are expected to dry out and improve this morning, as temperatures gradually reach into the low 40s.
Sunday was the first significant snowfall since
February, when a rare winter storm dumped about 3 inches of snow in downtown Charleston and up to 8 inches in outlying areas.
The S.C. Department of Transportation monitored roads across the state throughout the day but didn't observe any accumulation in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties by 8 p.m., when the snow and rain had stopped.
While Lowcountry roads and bridges remained clear, the winter weather still scrambled some travel plans.
About 20 flights from Charleston International Airport to northeastern states were delayed Sunday afternoon. A few flights were running about an hour late as of Sunday evening, according to an airport spokesman.
And the cruise ship Fantasy will arrive in Charleston this morning about two hours behind schedule.
The Fantasy was scheduled to dock at 6 a.m. today but is now expected around 8 a.m. because of bad weather off shore, the cruise line announced Sunday.
Some streets near the terminal will be closed from about 1 p.m. until the ship takes on new passengers. Part of Concord Street will be closed from North Market Street to Hasell and Washington streets.
The snow stuck in most other parts of the state.
Columbia had its first significant Christmas snow — about 2 inches — since weather records were first kept in 1887. Greenville saw about 3 inches of snow Sunday, while Atlanta had just over an inch of snow — the first measurable accumulation on Christmas Day since the 1880s. About a foot of snow fell in Norfolk, Va., the most seen there since a February 1989 storm dumped nearly 15 inches.
The unusual phenomenon kept state road crews outside the Lowcountry busy clearing major highways and putting down salt, sand and other anti-icing material, according to the SCDOT.
Utility companies in the Carolinas said more than 100,000 people lost power because of the storm, and only about a third had service restored by midday Sunday.
However, the snowfall had no significant impact on Charleston area electric service Sunday, according to spokesmen for Berkeley Electric Cooperative and South Carolina Electric & Gas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.