City of Charlotte prepares for winter weather

Britt Clampitt

​(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dec. 8, 2017) Although minimal impacts to the area are expected, the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service – Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, weather forecast office, are monitoring for winter weather this weekend.

Although the forecast is not severe, the city has launched an emergency information page on its website to help the public prepare for inclement winter weather. Citizens are encouraged to follow local media and @CharMeckEM for the latest developments.

Listed below are possible city service impacts and preparations related to this weekend's weather forecast. Questions about city service impacts can be directed to Charlotte Communications & Marketing at 704-336-3052.

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

The CDOT Street Maintenance Division crews will begin salting streets in anticipation of potential winter weather impacts Friday night and into Saturday morning.

Although CDOT does not anticipate temperatures below freezing, the public should be aware of the potential for black ice on bridges. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. CDOT will mitigate risk by targeting salting on:

  • Bridges and culverts on city streets and selected North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) streets.
  • Hospital entrances.
  • Emergencies called in.

Staff will continue to monitor conditions and crews are ready to respond to any additional needs or changes to road conditions.

Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311. Emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.

CDOT's emergency plan for ice and snow is available online.

Solid Waste Services (SWS)

Residential crews are not running this weekend, but SWS will be watching to see if there are any impacts for Monday.

Crews in the central business district will be in inclement weather mode, ready to de-ice and clear sidewalks and streets. The ice melt and snow removal equipment have been prepared and are ready for use when needed.

Charlotte Area Transit System

CATS anticipates operating a regular schedule for buses, LYNX trains and CityLYNX streetcars. Special Transportation Service will operate as scheduled. CATS will continue to watch weather reports to determine service impacts and will notify the public of any changes.

The safety of passengers and employees is CATS' top priority. Worsening conditions could bring about delays and other service changes. Please be patient.

Citizens should go to before leaving their homes to check for information on their specific route. will contain the most up-to-date information. Citizens can also call 704-336-RIDE (7433). Wait times for information may be long due to increased call volume.


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