City of Charlotte Preparing for Winter Weather

Jordan-Ashley Walker


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 5, 2017) – With winter weather predicted to move into the region this weekend, safety of the community – before, during and after the storm – is a top priority for the City of Charlotte. ​

The city has begun mobilizing staff and preparing resources as temperatures are expected to be below freezing for an extended period of time.

At this time, the National Weather Service anticipates snow will begin to fall in Charlotte around 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, and continue through Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. That forecast, however, is preliminary. The City of Charlotte will continue to monitor forecasts and update its response as necessary.

The snow, combined with the frigid temperatures, will make travel treacherous. The City of Charlotte encourages the community to stay off the road, if possible, beginning Friday evening.

Although snow is expected to begin falling around rush hour, pavement temperatures will likely prevent accumulation for several hours. Motorists, if they must be on the road, should be prepared to slow down and use extreme caution when traveling on the road.

Please reference for the latest information.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management:

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management are prepared to accommodate any expected increase in calls for service.

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT):

The Charlotte Department of Transportation's Street Maintenance Division (SMD) crews started salt brining streets Thursday in anticipation of a winter weather event arriving Friday night and possibly continuing Saturday morning.  By Friday at noon, CDOT will operate under a Condition "B," with 32 trucks outfitted with snow plows and salt spreaders, 64 crew members and supporting staff. Evaluation of conditions will be ongoing and adjusted as warranted.

CDOT targets salt brining on:

  • Bridges & culverts on City streets, and selected NCDOT streets
  • Hospital entrances
  • Major & minor thoroughfares, and CATS bus routes
  • Emergencies that are called in

Emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.

The CDOT media phone number is 704-516-5594. Media inquiries concerning road conditions and treatments will be handled through this phone line.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport:

The Airport is closely monitoring weather forecasts and is currently open and operational. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is working with its partners and is prepared to implement its snow plan when needed. Customers are asked to please check with their airlines regarding flight information before heading to the Airport.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS):

CATS anticipates operating a regular schedule for buses and LYNX trains.  CATS will watch weather reports to determine if/when the CityLYNX Gold Line will operate.  Special Transportation Service will operate as scheduled.

CATS will treat station platforms, park and ride lots and other CATS facilities with sand and ice-melting products.  However, surfaces may still be slippery. 

The safety of passengers and employees is a top priority.  Worsening conditions could bring about delays, detours and other service changes. We ask riders to 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.  We also encourage riders to follow CATS on Facebook and Twitter.

Solid Waste Services (SWS):

Solid Waste Services will be operating as normal on Friday, Jan. 6. SWS has employees working in the Central Business District over the weekend, and they are currently scheduled to come in. These employees will be salting and brining the rights-of-way and maintaining the light rail stations. SWS will provide updates as conditions change.

Charlotte Water:

Charlotte Water advises residents to protect their water pipes from extreme cold:

  • Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home
  • Seal any openings or air leaks in crawl space or basement
  • Open doors on cabinets below sinks to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing at night
  • Disconnect your garden hose from your outdoor spigot
  • Unplug automatic lawn sprinkler systems.

For road closures, water outages and other construction related updates please follow Charlotte Water on Twitter @cltwater. Visit for additional information on preventing frozen pipes.