Icy conditions cause problems on area roads

Icy conditions cause problems on area roads

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 1:52 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The winter weather overnight wreaked havoc during Friday morning's commute. 

Black ice made conditions hazardous for many drivers.  In Gastonia, crews were out early, covering roads with a mixture of salt and sand. 

However, many motorists found themselves on the side of busy highways or in ditches, victims of the icy conditions. 

Tow truck drivers at Hunter's Auto and Wrecker responded to about 50 calls Friday morning.  They say that's normally the kind of business that have in an entire day. 

Tow truck driver Willie Fisher said no one he helped was seriously injured.

"Just fender benders and overturned cars, had a lot of wench outs.  You know, people running off the road and getting stuck, and needed to be winched back on the street."

Friday's forecast will begin with sunshine and temperatures that will warm back above freezing by early afternoon. The high today will reach the upper 40s, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

Rain turned to snow in the mountains on Thursday afternoon. Three to six inches of snow was predicted for the mountains, with heavier bands along I-40 and I-85 near the Tennessee border.

Runoff from heavy rain will continue across the mountains and North Carolina foothills and Piedmont.

In addition, roads across the Interstate 40 corridor and across most of the mountains
will remain partially snow covered.

Temperatures tonight will fall well below freezing, especially across areas with a snow pack.

Cold temperatures will freeze moisture on untreated roads, bridges and other paved surfaces. Motorist should expect to encounter widespread black ice and areas of frozen slush.

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