What's next for the storm?
Round two of a severe winter storm pounded the Charlotte area Wednesday. About 4 to 7 inches fell and accumulations will grow as we go into Thursday morning. Freezing rain and ice will accompany the snowflakes. The high is predicted to reach 34 Thursday.
South Carolina in the dark
Hundreds of thousands of residents in South Carolina lost power Wednesday. Officials estimate at the height of the incident, at least 200,000 of them were in the dark statewide. The number is expected to climb as weather conditions snap power lines.
Some compare Charlotte to Atlanta
Independence Boulevard in Charlotte shut down Wednesday. Snow coated the ramps, making it difficult for people to slowly enter and exit the road. The backup lasted for miles and traffic stood still for hours. CMPD allowed the ramps to reopen Wednesday evening. Roads are a mess in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Officials urge again and again for people to stay home.
CMS is closed again Thursday, and officials are already discussing the possibility of a Friday closure. It’s one of several schools and business to close once again because of the severe weather. CMS has decided to make up for the lost day on the first day of spring break, April 14.
Dozens of flights were cancelled and delayed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport is open, but officials ask passengers to check flight statuses before heading to the airport. One of the three runways is closed.
The Duke and UNC basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed. It was still scheduled to go on, even after the school closed. The decision was made just more than three hours before tip-off. Duke’s team was unable to make the 11-mile drive to Chapel Hill.