Severe weather, with the possibility of tornadoes, will sweep from Mississippi to the Carolinas, while heavy snow is expected in parts of Michigan and Wisconsin.

In South Carolina, the storm is expected to bring more strong winds and rain, but slightly less severe than earlier in the week, forecasters say. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most severe weather, today’s wind, rain and flash flooding are predicted to be a 2, according to weather professionals.

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In the Lowcountry, several school districts have switched to eLearning days due to the threat of the weather. Downtown Charleston is expected to get minor coastal flooding in the morning, but ultimately will be spared from the worst of the storm, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Courtney Maskell.

“While the threat isn’t as high as it was on Tuesday, there is still a threat for severe weather,” she said about the Charleston area. “Have a way to receive any severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings that we may issue.”

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In City Paper news today:

CP OPINION: Our exceptional community. “Biden, in town to kick off the state’s first-in-the-nation Democratic presidential primary, gave an emotional barnburner of a speech saying the poison of the white supremacy that fueled the murders of nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in 2015 needed to stop haunting the nation.”

CP CARTOON:

CP FEATURE: Willingham’s new thriller draws inspiration from Holy CityNew York Times best-selling author Stacy Willingham’s third novel is hitting the shelves this week — and though its plot is entirely fictional, she credits much of the inspiration behind the setting to her hometown, Charleston.

CP NEWS: Historic Charleston Foundation votes to keep Russell House. The board of directors of the Historic Charleston Foundation has voted to reverse a decision to sell the Nathaniel Russell House after weeks of pushback from the community.

CP NEWS: What to do this MLK Day in CharlestonMartin Luther King Jr. Day is a Jan. 15 holiday just around the corner, and this year with the recently opened International African American Museum, Charleston boasts more events than ever before.

CP NEWS: Cogswell takes helm as first GOP of Charleston in 150 yearsCharleston Mayor William Cogswell spoke in his inaugural address on several threats to Charlestonians’ ways of life: rising sea levels, increasing unaffordability of housing, the erosion of history and character through overdevelopment, rising crime and more.

CP NEWS: City Paper’s top 5 picks for restaurant weekCharleston Restaurant Week, organized by the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, returns today through Jan. 21. The event features more than 20 participating restaurants in all parts of town, so City Paper has narrowed it down to our top five picks.

In other news:

Tri-County area ranks high in human trafficking casesNewly-released data shows Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties were near the top in the number of reported human trafficking cases across the state.

S.C. technical colleges sign deal with 2 state universitiesA statewide transfer agreement was announced between the state’s technical college system, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, which guarantees students who complete 30 hours of credit at a South Carolina technical college in core curriculum classes will have those credits accepted if they transfer to one of the two universities.

Kiawah Island mayor resigns; special election announcedKiawah Island Mayor John Labriola announced Wednesday of his resignation, effective March 31. The special election for his position has been set for April 2.

John L. Dart Library to reopen in late JanuaryThe Charleston County Public Library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished John L. Dart Library on Monday, Jan. 29 after months of renovation.

Debate brewing over College of Charleston residence hallThe College of Charleston is proposing a plan to demo and rebuild the College Lodge, but the plan is facing opposition from preservationists.

Residents demand changes from West Ashley exitNeighbors around Savannah Highway near Dobbin Road in West Ashley are speaking out against the dangerous intersection, demanding changes be made to prevent traffic deaths. Meanwhile, a James Island road is getting safety improvements after community pushback.

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