Weather Update

Local News
12:23 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Latest News On The Winter Storm

Snowplow on Tryon Street North of uptown.
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/

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