by: John Ahrens Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A batch of snow tapered off late Tuesday afternoon, pushing off to the east of Charlotte. Temperatures remained in the upper 20s overnight. The treated roads should be fine for drivers, but there may be some slick spots on untreated roads that don't dry.
The main snow event is moving from north to south through the mid-to-late morning Wednesday, with an arrival around 10 a.m. -- though that may vary by a few hours.
Snow will fall heavily during Wednesday afternoon and several inches will accumulate. Snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain south of Charlotte and push about as far north as Interstate 85 and will continue through Wednesday night. The mix will end by late Thursday morning.
Snow totals will be 5 to 10 inches north of Interstate 85, where it will be mostly snow, and 3 to 6 inches for the South Carolina midlands, which already received 1 to 2 inches Tuesday.
The forecast will continuously evolve. Channel 9 will keep you up to date with the latest information on the snowstorm.
Stay with wsoctv.com for continuing weather updates and watch Channel 9 for instant breaking details on Eyewitness News Daybreak.
It’s still up in the air a bit on how much sleet versus freezing rain will fall, which will have a major impact on where bigger power outage potential will be.
The line of snow versus ice is going to be very close to Charlotte, so even different parts of town could have dramatically different conditions. Overall, the theme remains the same: big winter storm coming with just an adjustment in timing.
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Mayor Cannon says city is working to be prepared for snowstorm
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon spoke Tuesday morning about the weather conditions.
He said the city is doing what it can to make sure it is prepared for the snowstorm.
"We're going to continue to plan as we normally do. As we should be doing to make sure that our citizens are safe,” Cannon said.
Cannon said crews have been working since midnight to put brine on the roadways, but he said right now they aren't in good shape.
City leaders are asking people to stay inside.
Price gouging law in effect as state of emergency declared for NC
Attorney General Roy Cooper said North Carolina's price gouging law is in effect because of the state of emergency declared as the winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice to much of the state.
"Many businesses work to help their communities when bad weather strikes, but if you spot anyone using this storm to make an unfair profit off of consumers, let us know about it," Cooper said.
Consumers can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. Call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or file a complaint.
Hospitals prepared for winter storm, local agencies open shelters and warming centers
Some hospitals in the Charlotte area are providing hotels for their employees to make sure they're staffed if the snow gets too deep.
Novant Health and Carolinas Healthcare System are asking their employees to prepare ahead of time. CHS even said it's going to provide hotels or rides to its workers to make sure patients are being cared for and everyone stays safe.
Local agencies have opened shelters and warming centers. Click here to read where.
Road crews have been preparing for the winter storm for days now. Part of their plan is to saturate the roadways with brine and the other part is to have more trucks and snow plows on standby.
Click here for more on their efforts.
The airport continues to closely monitor weather conditions and it in constant communication with airline representatives, Transportation Safety Administration officials and various other partners to assist passengers.
Click here to read more.
Channel 9 checked in with Duke Energy officials on Tuesday afternoon and so far it's quiet, with only six outages to report in Mecklenburg County. However, this could be the calm before the big storm.
Charlotte has a lot of power lines in neighborhoods that also have a lot of trees. If you lose power you can contact Duke Energy at 1-800-POWER-ON. Click here to read more.