CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thick snow and icy roads kept police and DOT crews busy Saturday, as the Charlotte area measured nearly two inches of snow in just a couple of hours.
Snow began falling fast and thick starting around 4 p.m., resulting in “white-out” conditions on roads around Mecklenburg County.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to 25 wrecks between 5:30 and 11 p.m., according to its traffic website. Several of those wrecks were on the I-277 loop in uptown Charlotte, as cars hit icy patches and spun out.
One wreck on the Brookshire Freeway at N. Brevard Street around 7:30 p.m. involved at least five cars. Minutes later, another car spun around in the same area and wrecked.
The driver of an SUV told state troopers he hit an icy spot on I-77 northbound, north of I-85, and ran into a tractor trailer. No one was injured.
Charlotte DOT worked on “Condition A” after 7 p.m., putting 12 trucks on city streets to salt bridges and culverts, hospital entrances, and reports of ice on the roads.
North Carolina DOT had 17 salt spreaders hitting state roads in Mecklenburg County, with another 20 or so private contractors helping out.
Medic of Mecklenburg County said it had responded to fewer than two dozen accidents after snowfall began.