Snow, ice in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday: Live weather update


Winter weather in Charlotte

The latest weather news and how to prepare for freezing conditions.

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The Charlotte area avoided the worst of winter storm Izzy on Sunday, with dangerous ice accumulations well below what forecasters originally feared.

But there is a “high potential” for icing on Charlotte-area roads overnight and early Monday, officials warned.

The National Weather Service initially predicted up to a third of an inch of ice from freezing rain throughout the day, an amount that could have knocked down limbs and power lines, and made roads impassable.

Instead, according to Scott Krentz, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Greer, SC, a trace of ice fell. The heaviest bands of freezing rain moved south and east of the city, he said. Additional sleet and snow accumulations of up to an inch were still expected before the system appeared to leave the Carolinas at 10 p.m.

The storm is still the most significant winter weather to hit both states in more than three years. More than 1,200 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport through Monday and more than 113,000 Duke Energy customers without power Sunday by mid-afternoon, including 70,000 in North Carolina.

As of 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy’s outage map showed fewer than 89,000 outages in the Carolinas.

Traffic moves at a slow pace on east and west Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, as snow and sleet blanket the roadway. Jeff Siner [email protected]

Here is the latest news on the storm:

Opening of emergency shelters in Mecklenburg

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office, the American Red Cross and the City of Matthews announced the opening of four emergency shelters for Monday evening. The facilities were accessible to anyone who needed “a warm, safe place to go”.

The Matthews site opened at noon on Sunday, and the others were due to open at 4 p.m. People are required to wear masks due to COVID:

Crews Recreation Centre, 1201 Crews Road, Matthews

Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road

Mallard Creek High School, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte

Central Piedmont, Worrell Building, 1228 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte

Mecklenburg County officials have asked people coming to the shelters to bring these items if possible: clothes and toiletries for a few days; sleeping bags or extra blankets; sweatshirts, jackets, hats and gloves; snacks; medications; a phone and a charger; and books, maps or other small forms of entertainment.

One last thing: pets are welcome.

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Snow covers downtown Charlotte on Sunday morning January 16, 2020. Contributed by Brian Twitty Photo and Video Contributed by Brian Twitty Photo & Video

Charlotte weather forecast

What started as snow and sleet just before 1:30 a.m. in Charlotte will turn into mostly sleet and snow showers Sunday afternoon and overnight, the weather service said.

As of 1:15 p.m., the mercury had risen to 31 degrees at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with a high of 32 expected. A wintery mix of precipitation was expected to continue through Sunday, gradually reverting to snow, ice pellets or rain from west to east throughout the afternoon before easing after sunset. Sun.

Hard freezes overnight could make morning trips dangerous, and county and state officials have urged drivers to stay off the roads.

A frosty forecast from Charlotte means icy roads could persist through at least the middle of the week, meteorologists said. The NWS forecast on Sunday predicted three consecutive mornings of overnight lows below freezing – 30 degrees Monday, 21 degrees Tuesday and 28 degrees Wednesday.

Monday should be sunny but with a high of only 41 degrees, according to the forecast.

And highs are expected to stay in the 40s through Thursday, before dropping to an expected high of just 32 degrees on Friday.

Thursday’s low is expected to ease a bit, to 38 degrees, but flurries and lows of 26 are forecast for early Friday.

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow blankets the landscape in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Jeff Siner [email protected]

Power outages reached 113,000 in NC, SC, Duke Energy says

Duke Energy expected 750,000 of its 4.3 million customers in the Carolinas to lose power.

As of 2:30 p.m., more than 113,000 Duke Energy customers — including some 70,000 in North Carolina — had lost power, the largest concentration of them east and southeast of Charlotte and between Asheville and northern South Carolina.

By 4:45 p.m., the total number of outages in the two states had fallen to less than 90,000.

“Right now, there’s some optimism that the numbers won’t be as high as expected,” Duke spokesman Randy Wheeless told the Observer. “But we warn that there are still a few hours left in this storm. And a few hours can make a big difference.

Mecklenburg County remained mostly unscathed, with about 2,000 customers without power as of 4:45 a.m., Duke Energy said. Duke Energy has warned that repairs in some of the hardest hit areas could take several days.

The state’s 26 electric cooperatives, which serve more than 2.5 million people statewide, reported 13,733 outages as of 4:45 p.m.

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Kylie Fernandez, of Ocala, FL, slides on her belly in the snow in a parking lot during the winter storm in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Khadejeh Nikouyeh [email protected]

Slippery roads around Charlotte and NC

The weather service says driving conditions would vary throughout Sunday from “dangerous to impossible”.

In Charlotte, the highways were open but icy in places. Many streets in the neighborhood were covered in ice and largely empty. So far, motorists in the area seem to be leaving their cars in the garage. At 2 p.m., the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reported 41 accidents since midnight, leaving 16 injured.

On Sunday, men attempted to push a car from the median along Independence Boulevard as snow and sleet covered the roadway. Jeff Siner [email protected]

And as of 11 a.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Interstate 95 near Exit 31/NC 20 near Fayetteville was closed in both directions due to low-rise power lines. The highway was to reopen at 2 p.m.

The NC State Highway Patrol reported handling more than 200 collisions as of noon.

“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or get stuck is to stay put,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “Stay put and stay safe.”

No CMS decision yet on Tuesday school

Most schools are enjoying a break due to being closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday.

Citing the “unpredictability of winter storms,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools officials said they would not announce plans for Tuesday classes until Monday afternoon.

CLT sees over 1,200 canceled flights

More than 1,200 flights have already been canceled through Monday at Charlotte Douglas International, the most for any airport in the country. As of 4:30 p.m., only a handful of flights were still listed as scheduled for takeoff through Sunday evening, the airport reported.

At least 267 CLT flights were canceled on Monday, according to flight tracking website The airport said that as of late morning, two of its three parallel runways were open.

A lone traveler sits in the baggage claim area of ​​Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 as a wintry mix blanketed the area. Jeff Siner [email protected]

Garbage Pickup in Charlotte

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Charlotte Solid Waste Services has scheduled a one-day delay in garbage and recycling collection this week.

Monday collections will take place on Tuesday and will slide one day to Saturday, the agency said in a tweet on Sunday.

Snow and ice totals elsewhere in NC

As expected, the Foothills had more snow, the Charlotte metro area more ice, according to National Weather Service observers at 11 a.m.

Rutherfordton: 9 inches

Morganton: 5.5 inches.

Hickory: 5 inches.

Shelby: 3 inches of snow/ice.

Dallas in Gaston County: 2 inches

Mooresville: 3 inches

Waxhaw: 1 inch of sleet.

Writer Mark Price and correspondent Steve Lyttle contributed.

This story was originally published January 16, 2022 08:01.

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Michael Gordon has been the Observer’s legal affairs editor since 2013. He has been the newspaper’s editor and reporter since 1992, writing occasionally on schools, religion, politics and sports. He spent two summers as “Bikin Mike,” writing stories as he cycled through the Carolinas.

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