Preparations continue in the City of Charlotte as winter weather approaches

Jordan-Ashley Walker

​​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2017) – The City of Charlotte is continuing its preparations for the winter weather forecasted to move into the area later today.

The National Weather Service is predicting rain and snow tonight, with several inches of snow expected to accumulate by Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for much of the weekend. 

Safety is the city's top priority, so community members are encouraged to stay off the roads, if possible, when the storm arrives in Charlotte.

The community is encouraged to check for the latest information, updates and service impacts.

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)
CDOT is operating under a Condition "B," with 32 trucks outfitted with snow plows and salt spreaders, 64 crew members and supporting staff. All major and minor thoroughfares, connector streets, bus routes and emergency facilities' entrances have been salt brined. Crews are working in 12-hour shifts. Evaluation of conditions will be ongoing and adjusted as warranted.

Black ice is a real threat starting Sunday when snow melts then refreezes on roadways and sidewalks.  The public is asked to avoid traveling unless necessary.  Drive slow, be extra cautious and increase stopping/following distances.  Stay back from trucks treating streets.

Residents are asked to treat adjacent sidewalks with an ice-melt product, not salt.  Salt can damage concrete sidewalks.

Emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911. Icing on City streets can be called in to CDOT at 704-336-3200.

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. CATS asks 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.

Animal Care & Control
CMPD's Animal Care & Control Division reminds pet owners that cold temperatures and winter weather have arrived. Below freezing temperatures and winter precipitation is expected over the next few days and it's important you take precautions to keep your pets warm, safe and dry.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The Airport is continuing to monitor weather conditions. CLT will initiate its snow and ice control plan later today, which includes rotating snow teams to treat runways, taxiways and landside areas.

Pretreatment of the airfield began last night. Deicing operations are prepared to begin when requested by the airlines.

CLT continues to work with its partners and airlines. Airport roadways and overpasses were treated last night. Parking areas will be monitored and treated as necessary.

Conditions are subject to change and travelers are encouraged to frequently check conditions with their air carrier for any cancellations or delays.

Receive the latest Airport news by visiting or following CLT on Twitter (@CLTAirport).

Solid Waste Services
No service impacts to report at this time.


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