Charlotte deploys 37 trucks to prep for winter weather

The Charlotte-area is under a winter storm warning and many in the Queen City are getting ready.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-area is under a winter storm warning and many in the Queen City are getting ready.

"I love snow," said Herman Zuniga.  

"Oh my goodness, that's no fun," declared Asia Carter. 

Like it or now, the snow is coming and expected to start Friday evening. As much as four inches could fall on the area.

"They call for two and we get a half, they call for four and we get none," said a skeptical Shawn Herd.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is going with the forecast. 

"Our crews are ready, they are well trained," said Linda Durrett, with CDOT. 

CDOT had rolled out most of its fleet of snow plows Thursday to treat the roads ahead of the storm.

"CDOT had trucks out spreading salt brine on the major roads, the thoroughfares, connectors, hospital entrances everywhere that is critical to the function to the city of Charlotte," she explained. 

She says CDOT crews had a special training in October to prepare for a storm like this.  All 37 of their trucks will be deployed Friday to salt roads.

"The fact that they're being proactive and doing what they can to keep the roads clear definitely does help," said Asia Carter.  "I have a job where I'm on call, so there's a possibility that i may have to get out in it," she said.

Students and families won't have to brave the weather this weekend. CMS canceled Friday night and weekend activities. However, school will operate on a normal schedule Friday. 

In a statement, "CMS will continue to work with NCDOT, Charlotte DOT, law enforcement and other city and county agencies throughout the night to assess weather patterns and road conditions across our county. We will use the CMS website, Connect5 messages and news and social media to keep families informed of any changes to normal district operations should conditions worsen Friday."

CMS shut down schools for days during last January's storm because it didn't have enough plows to clear parking lots and school bus drop offs at its schools. NBC Charlotte reached out to CMS if more resources will be available this year, but did not get a response.

Over at Charlotte, Douglas Airport, CDOT pre-treated all the roads near the airport, including Josh Birmingham Parkway. Travelers should check will local airlines for delays and cancellations for weekend flights.  However, those just arriving to Charlotte may find themselves unprepared for the weather. 

Patrick Brown flew in with a t-shirt and shorts after spending the last year in Taiwan.  

"I assumed it would be 95 and sunny like it is in Taipei, but it's snow," he said. "I could not be more excited, I am pumped," Brown declared.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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