Snow moves out, hazardous road conditions remain

by: John Ahrens, Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The snow that fell throughout most of Tuesday evening started wrapping up at about 9 p.m. in uptown through north Charlotte.

The flakes fell for a longer period of time east of Charlotte -- in places like Monroe, Rockingham and Chesterfield -- where there was greater snow accumulation totals.

Temperatures Tuesday night were locked in the 20s and that has created a dangerous situation on roads around Charlotte Wednesday morning.

Temperatures will finally start to warm up late Wednesday and continue through Thursday. Travel should start to get much better Wednesday afternoon.

A Duke Energy spokesperson told Channel 9 that they expect sporadic outages throughout the morning as more people wake up and start using more power.

South Carolina neighborhoods were particularly slammed by the winter storm.

South Carolina Department of Transportation crews have 1,200 maintenance employees working around the clock in rotating 12-hour shifts. They're using sand and salt to try and make the roads safe for drivers.

Channel 9 found that even with all their efforts, snow and ice were still making for tough driving conditions early Wednesday morning. Drivers out on the roads said they were being extra careful.

A major road in northwest Charlotte is easier to navigate Wednesday morning after drivers were stranded for more than four hours Tuesday night. Mount Holly-Huntersville Road at the Brookshire Freeway was blocked for hours because so many vehicles spun out and Channel 9 spoke to a CATS bus driver who also slid across the road and couldn't move.

Drivers in the mountains and foothills didn't fare much better than Charlotte did.

Officers had to rescue a driver who went down an embankment in Newton overnight night. They had to leave their patrol cars and try to get over the icy road and down the hill.

“I was just coming across the bridge and all of the sudden a truck went squirrely and I went over the bank,” that driver told Channel 9.

Hickory public works crews were out all night, and more planned to be out Wednesday morning to put down sand and salt.

Click here to see more on the forecast from our Severe Weather Center 9 team.


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Mayor Cannon: 'Roads are very hazardous'

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon talked to Channel 9 live on the air Wednesday morning about the conditions across the city after the winter weather dropped snow in Charlotte.

Cannon said road crews are doing what they can to clear the streets and urged drivers to be careful on the roads and use extreme caution.

Click here to hear everything the mayor and City Manager Ron Carlee had to say about Charlotte's weather situation.


CATS: 'Many buses on detour routes due to icy roads'

Charlotte Area Transit System officials said trains and buses are running Wednesday following the winter storm.

The light rail is operating on a normal schedule, but many of the buses are on detour routes because of all the icy side streets.

CATS also operates smaller buses that go door-to-door picking up people with disabilities.

To read more on how the weather is impacting area transit, click here.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will be closed Wednesday

According to the CMS Facebook page: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, Jan. 29 due to the winter storm.

District leaders have been checking road conditions and while many roads are clear, many roads across the county remain icy. We made this decision in consultation with law enforcement officials, city and county staff and CMS transportation. This decision was made in the best interest of all students and employees.

Read more about closing and delays at CMS and other area schools by clicking here.


Snowstorm creates havoc on roadways

A sheet of ice blanketed a major northwest Charlotte road Tuesday night and some drivers were stranded there for more than four hours.

As of late Tuesday night, the winter weather had caused 109 wrecks just on Charlotte streets, officials said.

Read more about the hazardous road conditions here.


NCDOT treats area roads for snow, ice

The North Carolina Department of Transportation sent trucks out to begin spreading brine on the highways Monday night.

A spokesperson told Channel 9 that putting brine on the roads now will be effective when and if the snow falls, as long as there is no rain to wash it away.

To see more on road preps, click here.


Flights canceled to and from Charlotte airport due to weather

Channel 9 has been monitoring flights into and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport where 130 flights were canceled due to the winter storm.

To read more on flight cancellations, click here.


Winter safety tips for home, travel

Here is a list of recommended safety tips for your home. Also,  the North Carolina Highway Patrol recommends safety tips if you must travel. Read the complete list here.