5 things to know for Friday



Moment of silence planned in memory of Conn. shooting victims

A moment of silence is being held across the nation this morning in memory of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, which happened one week ago.

Gov. Bev Perdue signed a proclamation declaring Friday a day of mourning and is encouraging residents to participate in the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m.

Read more here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/moment-silence-planned-memory-conn-shooting-victim/nTcYH/ 


First day of winter brings cold temperatures, strong winds

Today marks the first day of winter, and it feels like it in the Charlotte area.

Cold temperatures and strong winds will last all day, with a high of 46 degrees and wind gusts near 40 mph.

To watch the morning forecast, click here.


Most major road projects to be put on hold during holiday travel

Roads and airports are expected to be busy Friday with holiday travelers.

Most major road construction projects will be put on hold to help drivers have a smoother trip.

For 24/7 traffic information, click here.  To check the status of your flight, click here. 


Police involved in crash after chasing suspects

A police chase in east Charlotte ended with two patrol cruisers colliding early Friday morning.

No one was seriously injured in the incident, which started when officers were called to a reported carjacking at apartments on Idlewild Road.

To read the full story, click here. 


Local church holds annual Gifts for Guns exchange

Last year, a local pastor collected more than 100 guns during his church's gun exchange. This year, the Rev. John P. Kee said the community support has been overwhelming after last week's shooting at a school in Connecticut.

Kee said his efforts to get guns off the streets of Charlotte are working, so well in fact that this year people reached out to him early.

It's the sixth year for the Gifts for Guns, an event in the Double Oaks community. When people go to New Life Fellowship Center and drop off a gun, they receive a gift card in return. 

For more information about the event, click here.