CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Snow, sleet and freezing rain began falling across much of North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday afternoon, and snow is expected to stay on the roads through Wednesday.
Charlotte Department of Transportation crews spent most of Monday night and early Tuesday morning prepping area roads for snow.
CDOT crews will be out all of Tuesday night keeping an eye on trouble spots on the roads.
Despite treatment, not all drivers could avoid trouble. At least eight cars slid into ditches on Harris Houston Road in the University area Tuesday night, after rush hour. Triple A told one driver it would take four hours to get to the scene. A sledder didn't let the disabled vehicles stop him. He bobbed adn weaved through the cars down the hill.
The worst is over for Charlotte but snow will fall into Wednesday morning. Roads are still driveable in Rockingham along Highway 74 as of late Tuesday, but as freezing rain continues to blanket the area secondary roads are becoming more treacherous. State troopers say they are getting more reports of cars sliding off the roads.
At what would be the afternoon rush hour, Uptown Charlotte was more like a ghost town. Many offices closed early to let people go home before the worst of the snow arrived. Government offices will open two hours later on Wednesday because of road conditions.
At the Transit Center, all buses are on schedule with the exception of the three routes that run out to UNC Charlotte. As of 6 p.m. there were 32 Charlotte Department of Transportation trucks working with spreaders and plows.
Those trucks are focusing on main roads and will be working though the night.
Classes were canceled at UNC Charlotte for Tuesday night so the bus routes will not be running.
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