Road conditions, forecast updates and power outages (live blog archived)
The latest on Piedmont road conditions, changes to the forecast and reports of power outages.
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.
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.
No major power outages across the Piedmont as of 9:15 a.m.
Duke Energy only reporting 8,000 outages across NC and SC. https://www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina/outages/current.asp
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.
Most arrivals and departures at PTI have been canceled. Here’s a full list: https://www.flyfrompti.com/airline-service/flight-trackers/
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.
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.
Over 500 stranded motorists in Greensboro from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. today.
If you live in Greensboro, this map will show you which roads are a priority: http://goo.gl/ZUhGUJ
I-77 is an absolute nightmare right now. Heavy snow falling from Charlotte all the way to the Va. line.
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.
Snowfall rates of 4 inches per hour being reported near Charlotte.
“We are preparing for potential issues in the next 24 hours.” – Gov. McCrory
Gov. McCrory: Mother Nature exceeded our expectations.
Gov. McCrory: Storm is not over. We’re expecting more snow tonight. McCrory mentions High Point, Greensboro “getting it” later today.
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.
Gov. McCrory: “Sometimes the most hazardous conditions are after the storm ends.”
McCrory: 3 storm-related fatalities so far — wrecks in Moore Co/Chatham Co, falling tree limb in Pender Co.
McCrory thanks the public for helping their fellow neighbors and stranded motorists.
McCrory: ‘NC highway patrol is leaving abandoned vehicles in place unless they are blocking lanes or plows.’
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McCrory: Over 100,000 power outages across NC. 3,000 utility workers staged in the Triad, ready to respond as needed.
And just like that… heavy snow in High Point. Huge snowflakes.
Here’s the latest radar image:
Looking at the radar, it looks like Forsyth County and Stokes County will see some of the heaviest snow over the next few hours.
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.”
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.
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.
WSPD/DOT may tow vehicles that are block snow removal efforts. To locate your vehicle, call 773-7700.
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.
Snow starting to pick up in intensity in High Point, Greensboro. Accumulating fast.
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Over 12 inches of snow reported across northern Iredell County.
McCrory: “To have two events covering mountains to Outer Banks is challenging for our resources.”
McCrory: 4-5 inches fell in one hour in Charlotte.
McCrory: It’s not normal for a story to hit the entire state all at once. Making it difficult on crews, resources.
Wendover Ave. in Greensboro is in good shape. However, secondary roads still impassable.
14-15 inches being reported in Lincolnton. They had 6 inches at daybreak today.
We have said it a billion times, but please stay home today. Be safe.
Enjoy the Winter Storm Parfait. Snow/Sleet/Freezing Rain and now Snow on top.
JUST IN: Guilford Co. Schools will be closed on Friday.
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/
Duke Energy is reporting 28,300 outages across the state. Mecklenburg County has the most with 9,000.
All major school systems across the Piedmont expected to be closed Friday. We’re just waiting for the official confirmation.
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.
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/
For those curious, the dragon is on Arbordale Ave. in the Old Emerywood neighborhood in High Point.
The sooner the snow clears out, the better. We may even see the sun peek through the clouds a little later.
HPU: all undergraduate and graduate classes are canceled and most administrative offices will be closed on Friday.
There is hope! We have multiple reports across the western Piedmont that the sun is out.
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.
Duke Energy is now only reporting 27,000 outages statewide. 9,500 in Mecklenburg Co.
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.
Strangers helping strangers in Guilford County. :) http://myfox8.com/2014/02/13/strangers-helping-stranded-strangers-in-guilford-co/
Just a heads-up: Our live blog will end at 5 p.m. today.
Melting? Good. However, black ice is now the primary concern.
The last bit of snow is pushing through Alamance Co. By 5 p.m., the snow will be gone.
(with the exception of northern Rockingham County)
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.