Weather

Winter Storm Updates

Jan 22, 2016
Duncan McFadyen

Jennifer Lang

The calendar says “January” but some trees and shrubs in the Charlotte area have been saying “March” in recent weeks. The unseasonably-warm December sent some plants into flowering mode. So, what will this mean when March really does roll around?  WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Dr. Jeff Gillman, director of the botanical gardens at UNC Charlotte.


McCrory Declares State Of Emergency For NC As Joaquin Continues To Intensify

Oct 1, 2015
State of North Carolina

Charlotte Talks

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday declared a state of emergency for all 100 N.C. counties in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin, upgraded mid-afternoon to a powerful Category 4 storm.

McCrory said the storm that’s moving up the Atlantic from the Bahamas could deliver 5 to 7 inches of rain to most of the already rain-saturated state, and up to 10 inches in the mountains.

Henry Reges/ CoCoRaHS

There’s a network in the U.S. of thousands of volunteers who put a rain gauge in their yards and report the readings online every day---rain or shine.

This group’s mission is to provide hyper-local weather data to meteorologists, farmers, emergency managers and other government agencies. It’s called CoCoRaHS (pronounced ko-ko-RAZ). The name may sound more appropriate for a chocolatey breakfast cereal, but it stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. 

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen spoke to the state director of CoCoRaHS, David Glenn. He's a meteriologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, in the eastern part of North Carolina.


Overnight Snow Could Dump Up To 10 Inches

Feb 25, 2015
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are now calling for 8 to 10 inches of snow in the Charlotte area, and 10 to 14 inches from Monroe eastward.

The wintry blast that forecasters say will again dump snow on the Charlotte area is expected to start as light rain Wednesday at about 5 p.m., meteorologist Neil Dixon said.

Sleet, Ice Move In

Feb 16, 2015
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Up to half an inch of ice was expected to coat the Charlotte region by Tuesday morning, making for a treacherous morning commute.

The weather system threatened to cause widespread power outages, and has disrupted traffic, businesses and schools from the North Carolina mountains to Upstate South Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed Tuesday.

Baby, It's Getting Cold Outside

Jan 7, 2015

Overnight lows around 11 degrees are forecast in the Charlotte area tonight as a blast of wintry weather reaches the region. Wind gusts up to 40 mph will make it feel even colder.

“Wind chills will be down in the low single numbers. They could actually reach zero in parts of western North Carolina, including the Charlotte area,” says John Tomko of the National Weather Service.

Thursday’s temperatures are not expected to emerge from the 20s in the Charlotte area, but a gradual warm-up is forecast for the weekend.

Latest News On The Winter Storm

Feb 14, 2014
Lisa Miller/WFAE News

8:30 a.m. UPDATE:

BLACK ICE STILL A PROBLEM:

It's worth repeating this warning from the National Weather Service:

"SOME ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE WHERE HEAVY SNOW FELL ON THURSDAY MORNING. ON ROADS THAT REMAIN PASSABLE...FROZEN SLUSH AND BLACK ICE WILL MAKE DRIVING VERY HAZARDOUS THIS MORNING."

Some of the ice should start thawing after 10:00 or so.

VERY FEW ABANDONED CARS LEFT:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police started towing abandoned cars at 7:00 this morning, and a city spokesperson says fewer than 10 were still out there. If you did get towed, it'll cost you $85, and you can call 311 to find out where your car is. (Oh, and it's $85 because towing companies need to make a buck. A city spokesperson said they wouldn't do it for free, but at least you're not getting towed to the more expensive lots.)

TWO RUNWAYS OPEN AT THE AIRPORT:

The Charlotte airport has reopened one of its runways, meaning two are now operational. But the percentage of flights getting canceled there today is creeping up: 13 percent of outgoing flights, and 19 percent of incoming ones now.

Check the airlines you're flying for delays or cancelations, and you can also use this for arrivals and departures.

POWER OUTAGES:

In Mecklenburg County, we're down to about 350 power outages. Count your blessings - the number of outages has actually risen in Wilmington this morning, and it's now a little over 14,000.

SNOW DAYS MEAN SHORTER SPRING BREAK:

That's what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are warning on the system's Facebook page. Needless to say, parents aren't happy.

VALENTINE'S DAY PLANS:

Great news – or awful news depending on what you think of the whole married-on-Valentine's-Day cliché – you can tie the knot today. The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds will open at 10:00 this morning. That's an hour later than usual. But hey, consider it extra time to think about how long forever might last.

6:00 a.m. UPDATE:

4:30 a.m. UPDATE:

As of early Friday morning, the winter storm has moved on from the Carolinas, but it's left this behind:

"FROZEN SLUSH AND BLACK ICE WILL CREATE VERY HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS MORNING."

That's from the National Weather Service, which is keeping a winter weather advisory in effect until 10:00 a.m. That applies to the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, including the Charlotte area, and upstate South Carolina.

"SOME ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE WHERE HEAVY SNOW FELL ON THURSDAY MORNING. ON ROADS THAT REMAIN PASSABLE...FROZEN SLUSH AND BLACK ICE WILL MAKE DRIVING VERY HAZARDOUS THIS MORNING."

The temperature won't get above freezing until the later this morning.

HOMELESS IN THE STORM:

During this week’s snowstorm, officials repeated one piece of advice more than any other: stay home. But not everyone has a home. WFAE’s Ben Bradford visited a Red Cross warming center where nearly 200 people spent the night Wednesday, and then had to leave.

CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE:

If you had to abandon your car, it's time to go get it:

•     At 7:00 a.m., Friday, February 14, abandoned vehicles in the roadway with be removed and relocated for clearing by road crews. 

•     The tow fee is $85; however CMPD does not anticipate relocating many vehicles. Owners of removed cars may call 311 to locate their vehicles.

•     234 total accidents (213 property damage, 21 personal injury), 17 calls for disabled vehicles

CHARLOTTE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:

Our local crews are also warning about black ice this morning. They've working through the major roads, hospital entrances, assistance for police and emergencies, and then neighborhoods and residential streets (in that order).

CHARLOTTE AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM (CATS):

Buses and light rail are back to their normal schedules this morning, although you should expect delays.

CHARLOTTE AIRPORT:

Our colleague Ben summed it up: the winter storm has not been kind to air travelers. About 1,000 people stayed in the terminal at the Charlotte airport overnight, according to the airport's last update. One runway was open, and crews were working to open another one.

Here's a website you can use to check on arrivals and departures.

POWER OUTAGES:

Mecklenburg County is down to 411 power outages. That's the most in the piedmont region, but it's down substantially from Thursday. Outages remain a bigger but shrinking problem in the eastern half of the Carolinas, especially in counties near the coast.

5:00 p.m. UPDATE:

Temperatures rose to 41 degrees in Charlotte today.  And the snow has stopped.  And the snow is turning to slush.  But the low tonight is expected to be in the mid 20’s which means that can all freeze overnight.  And the effects of the winter storm are obviously not in our rear view mirror yet.  Here’s our roundup of the latest news on the storm.

SCHOOLS CLOSING FOR FRIDAY FEB 14th:

Quite a few area schools have announced Friday will be another “snow day” for students.  You can find an updated list for schools, government offices and businesses here:  http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/weather/closings/

Lisa Miller

If you want to see how snow can pretty much shut down a city, go to the Hawthorne Lane overpass at Independence. A couple of snowplows were making their way down the outbound side late Wednesday afternoon. That stretch of road was closed. 

James Willamor / flickr

We have experienced record amounts of rainfall in our region this summer. So much so that city, county and state government agencies of all kinds have had to mobilize, perhaps like never before, to deal with the impact of all of this rain. Some businesses benefit from the rain but many others are suffering under the relentless storms we've experienced. We have gathered a large panel of representatives from a number of the agencies that have dealt with the challenges these storms have presented and they will share the story of our record rainy summer, when Charlotte Talks.

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