by: Vicki Graf Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After the better part of a foot of snow for many neighborhoods, the storm has finally departed and skies have cleared out.
Temperatures warmed into the 40s Thursday afternoon, melting some of the snow.
Low temperatures for the morning are expected to be in the mid-20s, which will freeze melted snow on the roads.
Friday’s temperatures will start to warm up above the freezing mark by mid-to-late morning.
By the afternoon, temperatures will be in the 40s.
More snow and ice will continue to melt, but watch out if you’re going out for Valentine's Day night because more black ice will form.
Temperatures for the weekend will climb into the 50s, melting the remaining ice and snow.
Both Mecklenburg County and City of Charlotte offices are closed Thursday.
LYNX Blue line is scheduled to operate a normal schedule tomorrow starting at 5:30 a.m. with possible delays due to weather conditions.
Due to extreme weather and road conditions, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) suspended all bus services just after noon Thursday and will resume normal operations Friday.
Solid Waste Services suspended all garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection services for Thursday.
The warming center established at the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center closed Thursday at noon.
Both the SouthPark Mall and Concord Mills are closed Thursday.
As of 10 p.m., just under 2,300 people were without power in Mecklenburg County.
“We do have a lot of ice out there. It's affected the Wilmington area as well as Florence. Travel conditions are not ideal at this point,” said Duke spokesperson Meghan Musgrave. “There's a lot of ice on roadways, and trees and tree limbs can be blocking roadways as well.”
Duke Energy is asking customers to be prepared for potential multi-day outages.
“Right now we don't have an estimated time of restoration. Once our team members are out in the field assessing the damage and knowing what resources and equipment they need, we'll have a better estimated time of restoration for these customers,” Musgrave said.
More info on outages can be found here.
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Salvation Army Women's Shelter (for women, children and single women): 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte
Men's Shelter of Charlotte: 1210 N Tryon St, Charlotte
Urban Ministry/Room at the Inn: Registration is required. 945 North College Street, Charlotte.