Weather

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.

Charlotte Region Still Has 12,000 Outages From Storm

Jun 15, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

There are still about 12,000 power outages in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties. About 350,000 Duke and Progress energy customers lost power after a severe thunderstorm Friday night.

Keith Meza, is a Duke Energy crew member who has been working almost non-stop since then. He was in north Charlotte Friday helping remove tree limbs that had fallen and damaged power lines.

"Other than ice storms and hurricanes we've had, it's probably one of the worst ones I've ever seen due to high winds and lightning and hail," Meza says. 

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially began last week, and predictions tell us that this season will be more active than average in general and for North Carolina. Some of this area's best known and well respected meteorologists will share their knowledge as we talk about the predictions for this year and what it may mean for us, and we'll also talk about severe weather in general, after the recent Oklahoma tornadoes and a storm-ridden spring, when Charlotte Talks.

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

Apr 24, 2013
Flickr/Glenn Beltz

Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.


Many people feel a little bit down on rainy days but find that they are smiling and happy when the sun shines. Kids get excited when it might snow and we all watch thunderstorms anxiously, but weather can have a much larger and more critical influence on our lives. Throughout history, major events have been shaped by the weather conditions. The outcome of major battles, famous discoveries and critical dates in our history have been impacted by storms or extreme temperature conditions. We'll look at some of the most famous moments in history and how weather played a role. 

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