CMS closed as many roads covered in ice

This SUV overturned on Interstate 77 after hitting a patch of ice. (Jan. 11, 2010)


by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on January 10, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 4:31 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed again Tuesday because of dangerous road conditions. 

Click here for a complete list of school closings.

While many of the main roads in Mecklenburg County are clear of snow, with morning temperatures at 28 degrees there are patches of ice.

A light drizzle continues to fall across the area and it's freezing on contact.

About .10 inch of ice coats surfaces throughout the Charlotte area making travel of secondary roads very dangerous.

Idlewild Road from Highway 51 to Interstate 485 (exit 49) is very icy. Some intersections in that stretch are sheets of ice.

Interstate 485 is plowed very well and you can see the pavement.  NCDOT says I-77 between Clanton and Remount roads is very slick. 

Freezing rain and drizzle began moving into the Carolinas Monday afternoon after between 2 and 8 inches of snow fell during the day.

"Many parking lots and side roads are just a complete sheet of ice," said Larry Sprinkle of the First Warn Storm Team.

Crews from the Department of Transportation continued salting and plowing major roadways overnight, but crews had a difficult time keeping up with the freezing precipitation.

Officials ask residents to stay off the roadways until noon Tuesday, if possible.

  • Mecklenburg County - NCDOT has 40 trucks and 50 contractor trucks working on county interstates, primary roads and secondary roads to continue clearing accumulated snow and slush from main lines, ramps, and bridges. Crews changed shifts at 5 p.m. and continued salting and plowing efforts overnight.
  • Anson County - Crews worked throughout the day to clear primary roads and crews planned to respond to emergency calls overnight. Secondary roads are difficult to navigate.
  • Cabarrus County - Interstate and primary roads are partially clear, but secondary roads have not been cleared. A new crew reported at midnight and continued clearing efforts.
  • Stanly County - Crews continued salting and clearing efforts on primary roads.
  • Union County - Primary roads are in fair condition; secondary roads are hazardous. A smaller crew worked overnight, treating bridges and elevated areas.

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Charlotte sets daily snowfall record

The official snowfall amount at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Monday was 3.9 inches, which is a record.

The previous record for daily snowfall was 3 inches, set in 1962.

So far this winter, Charlotte has gotten a total of 5.9 inches of snow.

Snow totals

Most of the NewsChannel 36 viewing area has seen between 2-8 inches of snow.

Chesterfield - 8
Kershaw - 7.5
Chester - 7.1
Waxhaw - 7
Lancaster - 6.5
Catawba - 6
Rock Hill - 6
King's Mountain - 6
Wadesboro - 6
Steele Creek - 5.1
Fort Mill - 4.5
Shelby - 4.2
Oakboro - 4
Pineville - 4
Mint Hill - 4
Tega Cay - 3.9
Dallas - 3
Statesville - 2.5
Salisbury - 2
Taylorsville - 2

State of emergency

The governors of North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, warning people to avoid the wintry weather and stay home.

"Once again, we have a winter storm that will impact almost the entire state with some type of frozen precipitation," North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said. "We know travel will be hazardous this afternoon and into Tuesday, so we're urging everyone be safe. Don’t take any unnecessary risks if you don’t have to and exercise caution if you must travel."

Perdue says the Highway Patrol had responded to more than 1,100 calls related to the storm by Monday afternoon.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford also declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon, saying, "Given the current conditions throughout the state, I would urge the state’s citizens to avoid all unnecessary travel."

Hazardous road conditions

Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said authorities responded to about 70 wrecks in the area Monday morning.

"There were plenty of car crashes, but people seem to be traveling slow," he said.

MEDIC reported that seven people were injured in collisions. One person suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says 90 trucks are working in the area to salt and plow roads. The Charlotte DOT has 32 trucks plowing roads in the city.

"Obviously, the treacherous roads make it difficult for the tow truck drivers to get to people to help," said Tom Crosby with AAA Carolinas. "We will come and try to get you if you're off the road and it's an emergency, but service is very much delayed. If you're home, stay home."

Report icy roads

If you see icy roads in Mecklenburg County, report them by calling CharMeck 311. Charlotte Mecklenburg police are asking residents to keep 911 open for emergencies only.

Power outages

Power companies were preparing for the possibility of outages with freezing rain on the way. If you lose power, call your electric company directly. For a list of phone numbers for North Carolina power companies, click here.

CMS make-up days

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the snow. School officials announced that the makeup days will be Jan. 17 and Feb. 18.

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