City announces preparations for winter weather

Charlotte, NC
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1/22/2016

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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City of Charlotte announces preparations for winter weather

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2016) – With winter weather already moving into the area and more expected Friday, the City of Charlotte is alerting the public about potential changes to city services.

The community is strongly encouraged to follow weather forecasts closely for possible disruptions to travel and to city and county operations as well as remain off the roads as much as possible during this inclement weather period.

The city is taking the following steps to prepare:

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

  • Charlotte Area Transit System will run a regular schedule for CATS buses, LYNX trains and CityLYNX streetcars. 
  • Should conditions worsen, customers should go to www.ridetransit.org "Inclement Weather" page for the most up-to-date information.  CATS will post regular updates regarding routes and its detours due to inclement weather.

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

  • The Charlotte Department of Transportation started treating area bridges, culverts and selected streets with salt brine today (Wednesday).  
  • Report icy conditions to CharMeck 311 or street maintenance at 704-336-3200.  Dial 911 for emergencies or accidents.
  • Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to be cautious when near trucks treating roads and to leave extra space between them and other vehicles.
  • Safe driving tips:
    • Clear it: Scrape windows and brush off snow, even from the roof. 
    • Brake carefully: Slow down and brake early.  It takes much longer to stop on ice and snow.
    • Avoid sudden actions: Sudden actions like jerking the steering wheel or slamming on the breaks can cause you to spin out and crash.
    • Pack a sack: Your safety kit should include warm gloves, flashlights, blankets, shovel, snow brush, window scraper and a bag of sand (traction aid in case you get stuck).

CMPD Animal Care & Control:

  • Take precautions to keep your pets warm, dry and safe. 
  • If you are unable to bring outdoor animals inside into your heated living space but have a garage or basement, place proper bedding or straw in those areas as temperatures can drop below freezing in unheated areas. 
  • CMPD Animal Care & Control has received a donation of straw to help pet owners who need assistance obtaining proper bedding and shelter for their pets.  It can be obtained at the CMPD Animal Care & Control Shelter.  Limit two bales of straw per owner.

CMPD Animal Care & Control – 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28273
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Solid Waste Services

  • City Solid Waste Services is preparing for inclement weather by making alternate collection plans. These plans will be based on current weather conditions and will be communicated with the community. Should service schedules be altered, place carts at the curb per the collection schedule and leave them there until they have been collected. Collection services include garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky waste.