6:00 a.m. - Alexander County Schools will be closed Monday for students and staff due to the winter snow.
5:30 a.m. - Lynx Blue Line Service is restored and will run on a normal schedule.
10:05 p.m. City of Hickory Solid Waste Division will not collect garbage, recycling, or yard waste on Monday due to the inclement weather.
10:00 p.m. Duke Energy reports 26,000 customers without power in Mecklenburg County.
9 p.m. Medic reports 80 traffic accidents for the day in Charlotte metro.
7:47 p.m. Town of Spencer is closed Monday due to inclement weather.
7:33 p.m. Salisbury administrative offices will be closed Monday.
7:21 p.m. 28,000 Duke Energy customers are without power in Mecklenburg County.
6:18 p.m. Caldwell County issues a mandatory curfew for December 9, 2018, starting at 8 p.m. and ending December 10, 2018 at 6 a.m. The curfew is for Caldwell County only, not municipalities.
6 p.m. All Cabarrus County Government offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Monday.
5:45 p.m. Caldwell County Offices closed Monday due to inclement weather.
5:25 p.m. City of Monroe Offices will operate on a two-hour delay Monday.
4:55 p.m. Cleveland County Government offices and facilities will be closed on Monday.
4:47 p.m. 37,000 Duke Energy customers are without power in Mecklenburg County.
4:45 p.m. CMS will close for all students and staff Monday.
4:30 p.m. One person dies after tree falls on car in Matthews, police say.
4:30 p.m. Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Monday.
4:35 p.m. City of Gastonia decides to delay administrative office opening until 11 a.m.
4:30 p.m. Gastonia city officials are postponing Monday’s solid waste collection and canceling transit services.
3:36 p.m. 41,000 customers without power in Mecklenburg County.
3:30 p.m. - Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools are closed Monday.
3:00 p.m. - Cabarrus County Schools are closed for Monday. FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS
1:30 p.m. - Rowan-Salisbury Schools are closed for Monday.
1:27 p.m. - 51,000 now without power in Mecklenburg County.
12:53 p.m. - Charlotte City Government will open two hours late at 10 a.m. Monday.
12:36 p.m. - Ashe County Schools are closed for Monday FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS
12:20 p.m. - Over 25,000 now without power in Mecklenburg County.
12:05 p.m. - Iredell-Statesville Schools are closed for Monday FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS
11:45 a.m. - The Lynx Blue Line will be discontinued at Noon due to the hazardous weather for the remainder of the day.
11:43 a.m. - Gaston, Cleveland and Watagua County Schools are closed on Monday.
10:36 a.m. - Concord Regional Airport is now shut down and will remain closed until 12:00 p.m. on Monday.
10:05 a.m. - Over 16,000 people in Mecklenburg County are now without power.
10:00 a.m. - The threat for ice increases in the Charlotte area.
9:44 a.m. - Caldwell County Schools are closed for Monday FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS
8:56 a.m. - A tree fell and is blocking one lane of Eastway Drive at The Plaza.
A tree fell along Eastway Drive at the Plaza. One lane is open. Road conditions are very slick. pic.twitter.com/WmPDWNEDoX
8:49 a.m. - Burke County Public Schools are closed for Monday FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS
8:45 a.m. - Jen Thompson of NCDOT: In Division 10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Anson counties), interstates are partially covered and slushy in most areas. Primary routes are snow-covered in northern sections, while southern areas are seeing little to no accumulation.
8:23 a.m. - Several road closures in Mooresville due to the winter storm:
Bluefield Road @ entrance to BJs and Big Indian Loop
W. Lowrance Avenue @ Pinewood Circle
White Oaks Road @ Fieldstone
White Oaks Road @ Shearers Road
Timber Road @ Commercial Drive
Rocky River Road @ Bluffton
7:38 a.m. - Duke Energy is reporting about 4,500 power outages with the majority Gaston and Burke counties
7:15 a.m. - Medic has responded to 35 traffic accidents with most of the incidents occurring on major highways.
7 a.m. - Preliminary snow totals show areas like Boone and Foscoe with impressive numbers. Boone is showing more than 9" of snow.
6 a.m. - Medic has responded to a total of 29 traffic accidents since midnight. Officials encourage drivers to stay off of the roads if at all possible. You can click here to check closings and delays.
4:30 a.m. - Boone, N.C. is already seeing about six inches of snow from this snow storm.
11:25 p.m. - Snow has started to fall in Charlotte. Brad Panovich says it's "not the cheap kind of snow, this is wet, heavy snow coming straight down."
10 p.m. - Sleet has been accumulating in the Charlotte area as snow starts to spread in from the West. Temperatures are falling while we have heavy precipitation. Even Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Chester in South Carolina are in the mid 30s. With heavy moisture to come over the next six or so hours, a combination of precipitation cooling down could likely lead to snow at some point.
Brad Panovich released his Final Call map with the expected amount of snow and sleet accumulation for each area. For the Charlotte area, snow is expected to start mixing in around 4 a.m.
We're currently trending with colder temperatures than the model, so Panovich suggests focusing on snow, sleet and ice predictions. Panovich said if temperatures dip overnight Monday into Tuesday, expect to see refreeze and black ice on your Tuesday morning commute.
5:20 p.m. - All CMS events are canceled for Sunday. All CMS special, athletic and community use events -- including CMS events at Cato Middle College -- scheduled in CMS facilities for December 9 are canceled. Airlines are reporting cancellations this evening through Sunday.
No decisions have been made for school delays or closings on Monday, December 10.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is still open and operational. All three parallel runways are open, and the snow teams are being activated. Airport roadways, overpasses and lots were pretreated last night. Pretreatment of the airfield takes places tonight. Conditions are subject to change.
5 p.m. - The Catawba County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in Catawba County in preparation for the winter storm, effective 6:00 p.m. Saturday. This enables Catawba County Emergency Services to use coordinated response efforts in affected unincorporated areas of the county with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and with emergency response partners.
4 p.m. - The City of Hickory declared an official state of emergency on Saturday, December 8, in preparation for the impacts of the winter storm. The declaration activates the Hickory Emergency Operations Plan for all departments and authorizes the city to apply for financial assistance if needed through state or federal agencies.
12 p.m. - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper gives an update as the rain begins in the Charlotte area. Governor Cooper stressed that all residents of North Carolina prepare for the system noting "Wherever you are in North Carolina you will feel the impacts of this storm."
NC DOT announced that already 1.1 million gallons of brine and salt had been put down on North Carolina roadways and more would be put down as the storm begins. Governor Cooper also noted extra power crews have been brought in from out of state to restore power as quickly as possible once it is safe to do so.
Emergency management officials recommend you make an emergency supplies kit for your pet with medical records, first aid, canned or dry food and water for 3 to 7 days and a travel bag or carrier.
Officials urge others to not leave pets outside for long periods of time, and to bring pets inside when temperatures are below freezing. Additionally, make sure your pet's collar fits. Livestock and other animals are recommended to be moved to a sheltered location with food and water.
7 a.m. - An emergency overflow shelter has been set up by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Mangement Office (CMEMO) at the Grady Cole Center and will open at 3 p.m. and remain open until at least Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The shelter will be available to all individuals, including couples and families. Animal Care and Control will be on site to provide assistance residents with animals as well.
10 p.m. - In South Carolina, Chester County and Union County have been added to the Winter Storm Watch. As of now, every county in WCNC's viewing area is in either Winter Storm Warning or Winter Storm Watch. Once we become more confident that there will be winter storm criterion, locations still in watch could become either a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Storm Advisory.
According to Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, it’s important to watch the cold air tonight. Starting tonight, cold air will move in and settle in. It might take until Saturday evening around midnight into Sunday morning before precipitation starts to hit ground.
“It’s just going to be miserable Sunday with snow, sleet, freezing rain and maybe even rain at some point," Panovich said.
Rock Hill and other fringe areas will likely still see snow and sleet. “There will be snow, it’s just not going to be as long lasting," Panovich said.
Panovich believes 24 hours from now, we can expect things to get going. Plan for power outages -- while they might not happen, it's good to prepare. Panovich suggests when preparing, make sure you have a safe way to heat your home and that your car is filled up with gas.
9 p.m. - Panovich ranked Charlotte at a "7" on his Snow Meter, which is is intended to show potential impact of snow beyond just inches.
According to Panovich, a 0-3 ranking implies mostly social media hype. A 4-6 and you need to stock up on basic needs. A 6 or 7 implies that the city will effectively shut down. By this, Panovich means that businesses, schools and more will close due to weather.
If a location were to reach an 8 or 9, Panovich suggests you buy a sled. If it reaches a 10, he suggests you find the nearest shovel.
6 p.m. - Saturday, the greater Charlotte area can expect to see freezing rain and sleet. Many could wake up to heavy sleet or snowfall on Sunday morning. The mountains are expecting as much as 20 inches of snow and ice. Travel is expected to be difficult Sunday into Monday. As of 6 p.m. Friday, Mecklenburg county could expect anywhere from 2-8 inches of snow.
Those in the mountains could potentially be snowed in for several days. Snow and ice from the weekend's weather could stick around through next week.
5 p.m. - As of 5 p.m. Friday, the greater Charlotte area could see 2-4 inches of snow with great amounts as you head toward the mountains. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is expected to issue a State of Emergency sometime Friday night ahead of the winter storm.
4:30 p.m. - Charlotte city officials hold a news conference to update winter weather plans. The Charlotte Department of Transportation has spent past two days pre-treating the roads. Crews will begin a 24 hour operation Saturday evening. City officials will monitor storm conditions and make adjustments as necessary. Winter weather conditions can worsen rapidly and residents are encouraged to stay off the roads during the winter storm. If you have to travel, be aware of the following:
- Completely defrost windows before you start your trip
- Make sure your windshield has wiper fluid and wipers are working
- Be on the lookout for city crews. Don't pass or follow too closely
- Give yourself plenty of time to react if you have to drive
- Report icy conditions to 311, emergency and road crashes should be reported to 911
If Charlotte does see freezing rain, that's a more significant threat than snow, and it could bring down trees. If you see a tree that's fallen across the street, the best thing you can do is call 911. Calling 911 gets all the right people involved, including the power company
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is open for business during the winter storms. Plans are in place to ensure all essential personnel can get to work. Crews have tire chains for police vehicles if necessary. The command center will open this weekend.
The Charlotte Fire emergency operations center will open Saturday evening. Now is the time to start gathering your supplies. Be prepared to be without power for up to 71 hours
3:50 p.m. - Winter Storm Warning from issued for Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln and York counties from 7 p.m. on Saturday until noon on Monday.
3:21 p.m. - Duke Energy is projecting the winter storm could result in 500,000 plus power outages in the Carolinas. Widespread, multiple-day power outages are expected for the Mountains, Foothills, Piedmont, Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina and portions of Upstate South Carolina and customers should be prepared. Duke Energy has more than 8,700 line and tree workers, damage assessors and support personnel ready to respond Carolina and customers should be prepared.
Customers who experience an outage during the storm have multiple ways on how to report it:
- Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply)
- Call the automated outage-reporting system at 800.POWERON for Duke Energy Carolinas customers and 800-419-6356 for Duke Energy Progress customers.
- Report an outage or view current outages online at www.dukeenergyupdates.com