What's next with the storm?
The snow is dwindling, but we aren’t in the clear. Another system will move into the Charlotte area late Wednesday morning. Four to seven more inches of snow are expected. Starting Wednesday night, ice will be the concern. It should fall through Thursday. Duke Energy reports only a handful of outages now, but the First Warn Storm Team says as more sleet and freezing rain fall, more outages are expected. Officials recommend keeping phones charged in case customers lose power. The high is expected to reach 29 Wednesday and 39 by Thursday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced they’ll be closed on Wednesday.
In the meantime, be sure to check out http://www.wcnc.com/weather/severe-weather/closings for the latest closures and delays.
Crews began adding brine and salt to roads at the beginning of the week and reported to work early Tuesday morning. After just a couple of hours of snow, CMPD responded to about 30 wrecks. CDOT says black ice is still a concern. Mayor Cannon and Governor McCory urged people to stay home if possible.
States of Emergency
Governors Pat McCrory and Nikki Haley both signed emergency declarations in their respective states on Tuesday.
In North Carolina, snowfall is expected to range from two inches on the southern Outer Banks up to eight inches in the western mountains.
In South Carolina, up to eight inches of snow is forecasted to fall over parts of the state, while others may see up to an inch of ice. The state of emergency put the National Guard on active duty to support state agencies. The National Guard has wrecker teams and four-wheel drive vehicles that can be used in storm response. Additionally, the declaration puts into effect anti-price gouging laws.
Forecasters warned a mixture of sleet and freezing rain could bring down power lines.
President Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia as the winter storm threatens to layer thick ice across the state. The order opens the door for federal agencies to assist state and local responses. The streets of metro Atlanta were deserted Tuesday as rain fell and residents hunkered down for a second wave of winter storms just two weeks after a snow storm caused an epic traffic jam that paralyzed the city.
Amtrak suspended service in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
US Airways has relaxed their change fee policy for travelers in affected cities.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police had 30 reported wrecks by 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Charlotte Douglas saw about 60 delayed flights Tuesday and 151 flight cancellations.
Carolinians clear-out store shelves
NBC Charlotte’s Tony Burbeck checked in with several local stores. The shelves at Blackhawk Hardware were empty Tuesday morning. About 20 to 30 people were lined up to get in before the store even opened. Shovels, ice scrapers and sleds flew off the shelves. Customers raided the business’ supply early. Customers say they’re going from store to store to see what’s left.