Snow in Aiken County generally problem free; fun for many

Despite the snow it was overall smooth sailing for emergency personnel in Aiken County. However, troopers, deputies, and firefighters, responded to multiple accidents.

South Boundary by Cleve Koon (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

AIKEN, SC (WRDW) -- At USC Aiken, Ben Donath is hard at work.

"We've been working all day on this since about 9:00 or 9:30 this morning," he says as he rolls a large bowl of snow across a snowy field on campus

Donath and his friends say, perhaps sarcastically, they're building the world's largest snowman.

"It's going well, you know. This is the bottom part. No where close to being done. We'll probably be out here 'til the wee small hours of the morning," he says.

Even though classes were cancelled, that didn't keep Donath and others off campus.

"Yesterday was a little bit disappointing. It was a waiting game. You know, it was a waiting game, but the snow finally came, and we're happy about it," he says.

A couple miles away, Coleen Wallace snaps photos on South Boundary Avenue.

"It doesn't snow that often in Aiken and I wanted to get some classic snow pictures," says Wallace with her Nikon around her neck.

She's one of many who stopped by to take in the snow covered oaks.

"I'm a landscape architect here in Aiken, and I love to take my kids to school by driving South Boundary. It's just a beautiful drive, especially with the snow," she says.

But with snow and ice on the roads for most of the day, it was a snow day that kept first responders busy.

Firefighters extinguished a chimney and ceiling fire in Bath.

Moments later there was an this accident on Edgefield Highway north of I-20. It was so severe that first responders initially wanted a helicopter to transport the driver of a Jeep Cherokee.

"We were fortunate with the sun coming out for a while, and I think a lot of the melting has come from the radiation of the sun," says Aiken County EMS Director Tommy Thompson.

Thompson is prepared for more accidents, even as the snow melts.

"There's going to be some freezing overnight or probably into the early evening," says Thompson, who adds that drivers should stay off roads if freezing occurs.

Thompson says Aiken County EMD crews will survey roads early Thursday morning to pinpoint any problem spots.

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