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Scenes from a Rare Snowy Day in Charleston

On January 3, 2018, the historic city was blanketed by its first substantial snowfall in years
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The view down snowy King Street in Charleston.

photo: Chris Boek

A home on Wentworth Street first decorated for the holidays, then coated in snow.

photo: Chris Boek

It was bundle-up time for all those venturing out.

photo: Chris Boek

There were pedestrians, but few vehicles, on Market Street.

photo: Chris Boek

It’s an unusual sight, palmetto trees dusted with snow.

photo: Kristin Mayhall

A family takes a stroll at Colonial Lake.

photo: Chris Boek

Marion Square, usually vibrant green, was a blanket of white.

photo: Chris Boek

Along the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant.

photo: Kristin Mayhall

Charleston received just over five inches of snow, making it one of the city’s snowiest days of all time.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

Stopping for a cold drink in Hampton Park.

photo: Margaret Houston

A snowy walkway in Hampton Park.

photo: Margaret Houston

Before the snow came, an icy rain coated the city.

photo: Margaret Houston

These trees typically don’t see such wintry conditions.

photo: Margaret Houston

People and pets alike enjoyed the rare snowfall.

photo: Margaret Houston

Hampton Park was covered with snow.

photo: Margaret Houston

Usually bikes are great for getting around Charleston. But not on this day.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, at Broad and Meeting streets.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

Most of the city was shut down; even bustling King Street was quiet.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

Camellias took the ice and snow hard …

photo: Margaret Houston

… while Moose seemed nonplussed by the rare weather event.

photo: Kristin Mayhall

On Thursday, Charleston woke to continued sub-freezing temperatures—and more scenes of winter’s wonders.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

The Pineapple Fountain’s waters were frozen.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

A view of the chilly pier and Cooper River at Waterfront Park.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

The snow-covered walkway along Waterfront Park.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

A house on lower King Street.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

A holiday wreath covered in snow on King Street.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

Icicles add to the history of this Tradd Street house.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

A home along the Battery.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

Several stores were open despite the conditions.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

A peek inside Washington Square.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

The view from Queen and State streets.

photo: Maggie Armstrong

The sun had started to melt the snow by midmorning.

photo: Maggie Armstrong