Winter Storm Helena Moves into Charlotte

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2017) – The City of Charlotte is receiving its first taste of winter weather in 2017 as Winter Storm Helena moves into the region tonight.

The city is working diligently to ensure the safety of its community members as well as its employees. Motorists are asked to stay off the roads, if possible, because sleet and snow are expected to continue overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Please see below for operational updates and service impacts from city departments/agencies:

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

All priority streets and bridges were salt brined today, adding 10 percent calcium chloride (another form of salt) to all brine truck tanks. This allows brine to deter ice forming at much lower temperatures, remaining effective even at 20 degrees F.

Crews outfitted all trucks with plows and salt spreaders, ready to start the next treatment phase when snow begins accumulating. They will be working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, helping keep Charlotte streets navigable.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The Airport is continuing to monitor weather conditions. Runway 5/23 has been closed for deicing of aircraft, which began around 4:45 p.m. today.

The Airport has initiated its irregular operations plans to respond to any stranded passenger and/or terminal impacts. This includes coordination with airlines, concessions and TSA.

Airlines are reporting cancellations for later tonight and tomorrow. 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).

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

Due to the impending inclement weather, the CityLYNX Gold Line will end operation today at 10 p.m.  Please continue to check for any other service changes.

You can also follow CATS on Twitter at @CATSridetransit for up-to-date information and call the CATS customer service line at 704-336-7433 (RIDE).

Solid Waste Services

No service impacts to report at this time. ​