Road conditions, forecast updates and power outages (live blog archived)

Stranded Cars Whitsett NC By Terry Shore

Stranded Cars Whitsett NC By Terry Shore

The latest on Piedmont road conditions, changes to the forecast and reports of power outages.

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Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:11 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:13 am

Road conditions have deteriorated just in the past two hours. The layer of freezing drizzle/rain on top of the snow/sleet is making secondary roads impassable. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:16 am

DOT: Crews are still focusing on major roads. They hope to get to secondary roads later today. However, with more snow in the forecast, that plan could change. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:17 am

No major power outages across the Piedmont as of 9:15 a.m.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:18 am

Duke Energy only reporting 8,000 outages across NC and SC. https://www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina/outages/current.asp

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:21 am

Special Weather Statement just issued by the National Weather Service:

...LULL IN THE PRECIPITATION WITH SNOW TO RETURN...

VERY LIGHT PRECIPITATION WAS OCCURRING OVER A LARGE PART OF
CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA AT 915 AM...MOSTLY IN THE FORM OF DRIZZLE
OR FREEZING DRIZZLE. HOWEVER...AN AREA OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED ALONG
AND JUST WEST OF THE YADKIN RIVER...MOVING NORTHEAST. THIS SNOW
WILL SWEEP ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE LATE
MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

WHEN THE SNOW RETURNS...IT COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES. SOME REPORTS
FROM SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA AND THE UPSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
WERE THAT SNOW WAS AS HEAVY AS TWO INCHES IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.
ONCE AGAIN...TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED...BUT IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...
BE PREPARED FOR A RETURN TO POOR VISIBILITIES AND VERY SLIPPERY
ROAD CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES THAT WERE NEAR FREEZING WILL FALL
BACK BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT...CAUSING ANY WET ROADS OR WALKWAYS
TO REFREEZE.
andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 20149:22 am

Dixie Drive in Asheboro

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:23 am

The snow is slowly moving west to east across the Piedmont. It’s snowing again in Westfield: 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:24 am

andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 20149:29 am

Tall Pine Street in Asheboro

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:31 am

Most arrivals and departures at PTI have been canceled. Here’s a full list: https://www.flyfrompti.com/airline-service/flight-trackers/

andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 20149:34 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:34 am

Another brief round of snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain, will churn across the Piedmont today. An additional 1″ to 2.5″ is expected through this afternoon.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:36 am

There are reports of thundersnow near Charlotte. In Lincolnton, 4 inches of snow fell in only 90 minutes. That band snow is moving our way later today.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:38 am

Over 500 stranded motorists in Greensboro from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. today.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:40 am

Moderate snow falling in Winston-Salem.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:40 am

More from W-S.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:41 am

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Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:48 am

Sometimes, even the TV crews that tell you to stay home get stuck. This is from our friends at WSOC in Charlotte.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:54 am

If you live in Greensboro, this map will show you which roads are a priority: http://goo.gl/ZUhGUJ

Scott Gustin February 13, 20149:59 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:04 am

I-77 is an absolute nightmare right now. Heavy snow falling from Charlotte all the way to the Va. line.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:04 am

Moderate snow still falling in Winston-Salem. Flurries reported in Jamestown/High Point area. This batch of moisture will continue to move east throughout the morning.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:07 am

Snowfall rates of 4 inches per hour being reported near Charlotte.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:07 am

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Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:17 am

Hwy 52 South in Davidson County between Hickory Tree Rd and Old Hwy 52

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:18 am

“We are preparing for potential issues in the next 24 hours.” – Gov. McCrory

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:18 am

Gov. McCrory: Mother Nature exceeded our expectations.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:20 am

Gov. McCrory: Storm is not over. We’re expecting more snow tonight. McCrory mentions High Point, Greensboro “getting it” later today.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:22 am

Gov. McCrory: Three fatalities in storm. One fatality in Moore County and one fatality in Pender Co. McCrory did not state where the third fatality occurred.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:22 am

Gov. McCrory: “Sometimes the most hazardous conditions are after the storm ends.”

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:23 am

McCrory: 3 storm-related fatalities so far — wrecks in Moore Co/Chatham Co, falling tree limb in Pender Co.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:26 am

McCrory thanks the public for helping their fellow neighbors and stranded motorists.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:28 am

This photo is from near Lincolnton. This snow is headed our way.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:34 am

McCrory: ‘NC highway patrol is leaving abandoned vehicles in place unless they are blocking lanes or plows.’

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:36 am

If you want to contribute photos to our blog, send them to @myfox8 on Twitter.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:37 am

A look at the Dan River Harrington Hwy. Eden

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:39 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:43 am

McCrory: Over 100,000 power outages across NC. 3,000 utility workers staged in the Triad, ready to respond as needed.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:49 am

And just like that… heavy snow in High Point. Huge snowflakes.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:52 am

Here’s the latest radar image:

http://myfox8.com/weather/maps-and-radar/interactive-radar/

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:55 am

Looking at the radar, it looks like Forsyth County and Stokes County will see some of the heaviest snow over the next few hours.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:56 am

https://twitter.com/crashmyyparty/status/433992700870664192

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:56 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201410:56 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:00 am

Passengers planning to depart from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) should call their airlines before leaving home today to be sure that their flights have not been cancelled, according to airport officials.

“The airport is open, and has remained open throughout this severe weather event,” said Kevin Baker, the airport’s executive director. “But airlines have cancelled most flights because of the winter storm’s system wide impacts to the East Coast.”

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:03 am

Expect delayed (or no) mail delivery today. We’re hearing several locations will not be able to deliver mail because of road conditions or because mail never made it to distribution center.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:04 am

Special weather statement about the snow near I-77:

 ...HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS CONTINUE ALONG AND NEAR THE INTERSTATE 77
    CORRIDOR...

DOPPLER RADAR AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT HEAVY SNOW
BANDS CONTINUE TO MOVE ACROSS THE INTERSTATE 77 CORRIDOR AND THE
CHARLOTTE METRO AREA. SNOW RATES OF 2 INCHES PER HOUR WERE
OCCURRING WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW. SNOW IS LIKELY TO ACCUMULATE
ANOTHER 2-6 INCHES BY EARLY AFTERNOON IN THIS AREA.
Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:05 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:05 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:06 am

WSPD/DOT may tow vehicles that are block snow removal efforts. To locate your vehicle, call 773-7700.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:22 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:22 am

https://twitter.com/moser_bobby/status/433998650453557248

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:23 am

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:25 am

Latest from the National Weather Service:

SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS...WITH SOME RAIN AND EVEN POSSIBLY SLEET
MIXED IN...WERE BECOMING NUMEROUS AT 11 AM. AN OBSERVATION IN
CHARLOTTE FROM THE CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS AIRPORT SHOWED THE SNOW WAS
HEAVY ENOUGH THAT IT ACCUMULATED AROUND AN INCH IN THE HOUR
BETWEEN 10 AM AND 11 AM. AS SNOW INCREASES DURING THE EARLY
AFTERNOON...ANTICIPATE THAT THE SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES.

TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED THIS AFTERNOON...BUT IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...BE PREPARED FOR A RETURN TO POOR VISIBILITIES AND VERY
SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES THAT WERE NEAR FREEZING
WILL FALL BACK BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT...CAUSING ANY WET ROADS OR
WALKWAYS TO REFREEZE. IF YOU NEED TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE HEATING
SOURCE...BE SURE TO USE IT SAFELY AND FOLLOW GOOD INSTRUCTIONS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING.
Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:28 am

andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 201411:31 am

Sledding at Blair Park

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:59 am

Snow starting to pick up in intensity in High Point, Greensboro. Accumulating fast. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 201411:59 am

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Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:02 pm

Over 12 inches of snow reported across northern Iredell County.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:05 pm

McCrory: “To have two events covering mountains to Outer Banks is challenging for our resources.”

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:05 pm

McCrory: 4-5 inches fell in one hour in Charlotte.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:07 pm

Future Radar:

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:08 pm

McCrory: It’s not normal for a story to hit the entire state all at once. Making it difficult on crews, resources.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:10 pm

Wendover Ave. in Greensboro is in good shape. However, secondary roads still impassable. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:11 pm

andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 201412:17 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:18 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:18 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:23 pm

14-15 inches being reported in Lincolnton. They had 6 inches at daybreak today.

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:27 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:29 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:33 pm

We have said it a billion times, but please stay home today. Be safe. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:34 pm

Enjoy the Winter Storm Parfait. Snow/Sleet/Freezing Rain and now Snow on top. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:37 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:38 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 201412:40 pm

JUST IN: Guilford Co. Schools will be closed on Friday.

andi Andrea Cavallier February 13, 20141:13 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20141:31 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20141:32 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20141:32 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20141:34 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:02 pm

Snow totals are rolling in and they are IMPRESSIVE. Here’s a full gallery: http://myfox8.com/2014/02/13/photos-incredible-snow-totals-across-piedmont/

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:05 pm

Over 20 inches in Holly Springs: 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:17 pm

Duke Energy is reporting 28,300 outages across the state. Mecklenburg County has the most with 9,000.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:19 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:19 pm

All major school systems across the Piedmont expected to be closed Friday. We’re just waiting for the official confirmation.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:20 pm

Good stuff

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:30 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:32 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:33 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:36 pm

Radar shows some significant snow will move through the northern Piedmont over the next hour. We should be done with the snow in the next few hours.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:44 pm

The last batch of snow is moving across the area. You can track the storm here: http://myfox8.com/weather/maps-and-radar/interactive-radar/

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:46 pm

Ladies and gentlemen… the snow dragon. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20142:47 pm

For those curious, the dragon is on Arbordale Ave. in the Old Emerywood neighborhood in High Point.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:03 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:04 pm

The sooner the snow clears out, the better. We may even see the sun peek through the clouds a little later.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:04 pm

HPU: all undergraduate and graduate classes are canceled and most administrative offices will be closed on Friday.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:16 pm

There is hope! We have multiple reports across the western Piedmont that the sun is out.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:17 pm

Snow family in Winston-Salem

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:23 pm

One lane of westbound I-40 is blocked in Davie County due to an overturned tractor-trailer.

One lane west of NC 801 (mile marker 180) is currently blocked due to a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer.

Motorists are advised to take Exit 180 B (NC-801) and follow to Farmington Rd, Farmington rd, back to I-40.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:26 pm

The sun is popping through in Winston-Salem. This is good news for the roads!

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:28 pm

Duke Energy is now only reporting 27,000 outages statewide. 9,500 in Mecklenburg Co.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20143:50 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:01 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:04 pm

Because the snow that has fallen over the past two hours did not stick to primary roads, this will give DOT crews time to focus on secondary roads late today and tomorrow.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:12 pm

Strangers helping strangers in Guilford County. :) http://myfox8.com/2014/02/13/strangers-helping-stranded-strangers-in-guilford-co/

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:12 pm

Just a heads-up: Our live blog will end at 5 p.m. today. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:22 pm

Melting? Good. However, black ice is now the primary concern. 

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:26 pm

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:30 pm

The last bit of snow is pushing through Alamance Co. By 5 p.m., the snow will be gone.

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:30 pm

(with the exception of northern Rockingham County)

Scott Gustin February 13, 20144:39 pm

The Winter Storm Warning has been canceled. This will end our live blog coverage. Check back tomorrow morning for coverage of roads around the Piedmont.

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