This afternoon’s latest

Oconee public schools are closed again tomorrow. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, says, “Our plans are for schools to re-open on Monday, February 17.” Power suppliers report progress. By 2 o’clock, the number of Duke customers in Oconee awaiting service was 764. It had been in excess of two thousand. Late this morning, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative crews re-energized two backbone feeder lines. At 11:45, Blue Ridge reported 197 Oconeeans without power; 28 in Pickens County. Clemson city offices open at 9 tomorrow morning. For our latest list of closings and delays, go to South Carolina DOT reports fallen trees have become a significant problem. Walhalla city trucks and workers removed piles of snow from Main Street downtown. Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw urges caution tonight. “Travel overnight and tomorrow morning will be just as hazardous as what we have seen the past couple of days. Even with some thawing today, what is on the roads will refreeze tonight. Once again, we are advising travel only when absolutely necessary,” Crenshaw said.