City continues to respond to ice and snow as storm moves out

Charlotte, NC

Contact: Kate Luck
Corporate Communications & Marketing


Update: City continues to respond to ice and snow as storm moves out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2016) - City departments continue to respond to inclement weather and remind the community of impacted services.  

The storm is moving out of the Charlotte area today. Secondary roads covered with ice and snow continue to create hazardous driving conditions. Service impacts and updates are below. 

Emergency Management

Saturday weather:

*High of 35 degrees with some melting opportunities.

*Winds still remain a small problem at 9-14 mph and gusts up to 21 mph.

*Low of 21 degrees overnight.


*Icy roads conditions in the due to limited melting opportunities on Saturday.

*Winds of 3-6 mph.

*Conditions have stabilized overall

CFD and Medic reported no significant incidents.  Overall call volume is normal. Emergency management expects an increase in calls as people venture out from home and attempt their normal Saturday routine. People should continue to exercise extreme caution when going outside and traveling due to road conditions.

Charlotte Department of Transportation

  • Roads
    • Crews are working throughout Saturday, plowing city streets and applying salt. The street treatments applied are working as expected, helping ice and snow to melt as the air and pavement warm up today.
    • Most major streets are clear and passable, but some streets and bridges still have ice and snow, making conditions dangerous. 
    • Crews will continue to treat priority routes (thoroughfares, arterials and collector streets) today and on into the evening hours. 
    • Black ice will continue to cause problems. Motorists are advised to use caution because streets that appear clear could be covered with ice. CDOT advises motorists to keep clear of heavy equipment and trucks treating roads.  
    • CDOT has 36 trucks, 72 crew members and necessary support staff working in 12 hour shifts.  As the winter storm moves away from the  Charlotte area, evaluation of streets and roads will be ongoing and work adjusted as warranted.
  • Sidewalks
    • Sidewalks are covered with ice.
    • Pedestrians should be extra cautious as they navigate the city on foot. Property owners are asked to clear adjacent sidewalks. 
    • Sidewalks should be treated with commercially available ice melt products (containing magnesium chloride and potassium chloride.)  ROCK SALT SHOULD NOT BE USED as it can damage concrete sidewalks.
  • Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311.  Also, reports of routine icing on city streets can be called in to 704-336-3200.
  • Emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.

Charlotte Area Transit System 

  • CATS buses
    • Local and shuttle bus service is operating according to its Saturday schedule.
    • Many routes still have detours, so passengers should expect delays. 
    • All bus routes to the Airport, #5 Sprinter and Airport Connector Routes 590-Northlake and 591-Archdale are operating.
  •  LYNX Blue Line
    • Operating according to its Saturday schedule. 
    • Station platforms, park and ride lots and other CATS facilities have been treated with sand and ice-melting products, but surfaces may still be slippery. Please use caution.
  • CityLYNX Gold Line
    • CATS is not operating the CityLYNX Gold Line today.
  • Customers are encouraged to check CATS website for up to date information on detours. Click on the inclement weather banner for a turn by turn description of each route and its detour.
  • CATS Call Center is open if customers need assistance at 704-336-7433. However, wait times may be long due to heavy call volume.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport/Aviation

  • The airport is open and continues to work closely with the airlines, TSA and various partners as airline operations resume today.
  • Two parallel runways are cleared.
    • Runway 18R/36L is being cleared. 
    • Runway 5/23 is closed for aircraft deicing operations.
  • Airport roadways and parking lots are in good shape. However, there may be areas that contain icy patches. Maintenance crews will continue to monitor and treat these areas. Motorists are advised to drive slowly and exercise caution along bridges and overpasses.
  • Travelers are advised to please continue checking with their airlines for updated flight status before leaving for the Airport.
  • Security Checkpoints A and C are currently open.
  • Lobby management staff is on hand to assist customers with airport information and way finding.
  • The airport remains under its irregular operations plan to respond to any stranded passenger and/or terminal impacts.
  • Airlines serving CLT plan to restart operations around the noon hour today with limited operations for most of the day.
  • Passengers are encouraged to remain at home if their flight has been canceled.

Mecklenburg County/American Red Cross

  • A warming center will not be opened today due to warmer temperatures.

CharMeck 311

  • 311 is scheduled to remain open until 3 p.m.
  • This morning 311 has received a total of 282 calls.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)

  • CMPD responded to 10 accidents this morning and 5 disabled vehicles.

Charlotte Fire Department (CFD)

  • CFD responded to 407 service calls this morning.

Solid Waste Services (SWS)

  • Solid Waste Services will be suspending collections until Monday, Jan. 25. Thursday and Friday customers who did not have trash collected this week will be collected on Monday, Jan. 25. 
  • SWS will operate on a one-day delay the week of Jan. 25 – Jan. 29, with Friday customers receiving collection service on Saturday, Jan. 30. Go to for a full collection schedule for the week of Jan. 25 to Jan. 29.