CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Road conditions in the Charlotte area were made treacherous after a winter storm dumped snow and ice across the Carolinas Friday night into Saturday.
In Mecklenburg County alone, Medic responded to 67 traffic accidents between 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday as well as an enormous amount of injury calls due to pedestrians slipping and falling.
On Saturday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to more than a dozen incidents across the city, including multiple vehicles that were disabled on city roads. On Billy Graham Parkway, a vehicle went off the road and into a ravine around 4 a.m.
During a press conference with Governor Roy Cooper, officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed that troopers responded to 260 wrecks across the state. Cooper urged all residents to stay off the roads as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next couple of days.
Major interstates across the area were no exception, as blankets of snow and ice covered I-85 in Cabarrus County. In neighboring Iredell County, I-77 was covered with snow around Lake Norman and Cornelius. Iredell County was home to some of the largest snow totals in the area, with reports of as much as six inches being recorded.
Cooper said Saturday that over 2,000 employees were working to keep North Carolina roadways clear and safe.
"I want to thank all of the hard work that's gone on over the last 48 to 72 hours," Cooper said. "We have a number of National Guard soldiers on the ready."
At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, crews were on the scene to keep runways plowed and de-iced. Airport officials tweeted that the airport is open with operations scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airlines on the status of all flights before coming to the airport.
City of Charlotte officials asked residents to stay home to avoid the dangerous conditions on the roads.
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