CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2017) – The City of Charlotte continues its winter weather response efforts today, clearing snow and ice from roads, monitoring weather conditions and responding to service calls as needed.
The City appears to have fared well in the first winter storm of 2017. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing today, however, melting will be slow to occur.
And even after the storm moves out of the region, the City of Charlotte encourages the community to enjoy today's weather in a safe, responsible way.
Black ice is treacherous and can appear on streets and sidewalks. Most of the time you can't see it until your vehicle spins out of control or you slip and fall. Because of this, you should avoid traveling if possible. If travel is unavoidable, drive very slowly and leave extra distance between vehicles. You can also spread ice melt products on sidewalks.
To help with vehicle traction in icy conditions, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) began applying a salt/slag mixture to City streets overnight. CDOT crews are working in 12-hour shifts to salt and plow roads.
Temperatures in the next few days are expected to be frigid. People may seek to provide additional warmth by using space heaters or other heat sources that produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by heating fuels such as heating oil, propane, natural gas, kerosene or wood.
Prolonged exposure to CO can cause sickness or even death. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, nausea and vomiting, confusion and symptoms that may present as typical flu-like feelings.
Some carbon monoxide safety tips include:
- Installing a CO alarm inside your home near all sleeping areas and testing it monthly.
- Ensuring your appliances are operating properly.
- Never using a kitchen stove or oven to heat your home.
- Never using a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home, garage or basement.
- Not using your car or motorcycle engine running inside a garage, even with the garage door open.
- Checking on neighbors who may need assistance.
If your CO alarm activates, or if you feel you may be experiencing problems with carbon monoxide, call 911 immediately.
Other operational updates include:
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar service is suspended today due to street conditions.
All other services will run normal schedules. Staff continues to monitor the conditions of the road and will update the public and make adjustments as necessary throughout the day. CATS urges customers to allow extra travel time and expect delays due to the conditions. Stations and stops may be slippery, please use caution while traveling.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The Airport remains open with limited airfield operations beginning around 7 a.m.
Approximately 70 planes were de-iced Friday. De-icing trucks were on-site this morning and were prepared to conduct de-icing operations, if requested.
Airlines are reporting cancellations and delays throughout the day.
Weather conditions are subject to change and travelers are encouraged to frequently check with their air carrier for any cancellations or delays.
Receive the latest Airport news by visiting cltairport.com/news or following CLT on Twitter (@CLTAirport).
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