Posted on 17 February 2015.
A state DOT plow cleared ice and snow from Westmoreland Road, near the I-77 overpass on Tuesday morning. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
With many roads still covered with snow and ice, and cold temperatures predicted to make night driving treacherous, the Cornelius Town Board has canceled its meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. Meanwhile, many businesses were closed Tuesday and many activities across the area were called off as crews continued to clear streets and highways after the storm.
Town Hall was closed Tuesday, and trash pickups were delayed, probably for a day, the town announced.
The National Weather Service issued a warning Tuesday morning about slick and icy roads.
“Roads and bridges are covered in ice and will remain slick through most of the day … especially across the mountains. Temperatures are forecast to rise a few degrees above freezing across the foothills and Piedmont this afternoon. As temperatures fall this evening, roads may once again become coated in ice, primarily on shaded and secondary roads.”
The weather service said power outages were widespread in the Carolinas because of the damaging freezing rain, especially along the I-85 corridor and the southern part of the Charlotte metro area. In those areas, ice brought down trees and power lines.
The situation was slightly better in the Lake Norman area, but it brought closings nonetheless.
Mecklenburg County Commissioners also postponed their Tuesday night meeting to Thursday, Feb. 19.
Highways and major roads were mostly clear Tuesday morning, though traffic on I-77 was moving slowly, at about 40mph, and traffic on other major roads was moving with caution. Most town streets weren’t quite as passable, though crews were out clearing them. The biggest concern will be later in the day, when slushy roads re-freeze as the sun sets and temperatures fall.
The winter weather is also affecting air travel. Hundreds of flights were canceled Monday and Tuesday at Charlotte International Airport. Officials said more than 2,000 passengers spent the night in the terminal, and they were given cots, mats, pillows and blankets. Some restaurants and checkpoints stayed open for extended hours.
Officials said about 65 to 70 percent of flights were operating, and all three parallel runways are open. The airport recommends that travelers check whether their flights are still operating before going to the airport.
Here’s a partial list of cancellations and closings that we’ve heard about. Have news to share? Send it to email@example.com You can also tag is in tweets to @DavNews or @CorneliusNews.
CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSINGS
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools – Closed on Tuesday. Makeup day is March 12. The closing also affects the After-school Enrichment Program (ASEP), all evening athletic activities and Community Use of Schools events. Learn more about CMS’ severe weather procedures at cms.k12.us.
- Other schools closed Tuesday: Davidson Day School, Cannon School, Woodlawn School, Community School of Davidson, Lake Norman Charter, Pine Lake Prep, Phoenix Montessori, Thunderbird Preparatory, and Mooresville schools.
- Woodlawn School said it also would close school Wednesday.
- Mecklenburg County Commission- The board postponed Tuesday’s planned meeting to Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 5pm at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E Fourth St., Charlotte. An informal session begins at 5pm in the Meeting Chamber Conference Room and the formal session is in the Meeting Chamber at 6pm.
- Widen I-77 has postponed its planned Tuesday night forum in Mooresville on its lawsuit and opposition to tolls on I-77 north of Charlotte. It will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7pm. Thursday’s forum in Cornelius is still on.
- Cornelius Town Hall was closed Tuesday. Tuesday’s Town Board meeting has been canceled and agenda items will be on the March 2 agenda. Republic Services was not collecting trash or recycling Tuesday, and town officials said they expect all pickups this week to be delayed a day Additional updates, will be posted at cornelius.org.
- Mecklenburg County offices delayed opening until noon.
- Davidson Town Hall – Garbage and recycling collection has been delayed due to the weather. Trash contractor Republic Waste Services will operate on a one-day delay, so if your typical day to put out your carts is Tuesday, put them out on Wednesday, etc. Also, Tuesday night’s Livability Board meeting canceled.
- Davidson College – Closed for non-essential personnel, and morning classes were canceled. Tuesday night’s talk by Clint Smith, Davidson class of 2010, is still on. He’ll talk about “”Honor Across Lines of Difference: The Danger of Silence” at 7:30pm at Duke Family Performance Hall.
- Davidson United Methodist Church – Europe Handbells – canceled; Grace Notes Handbells – canceled; UMW Fundraising Committee – canceled; Film & Spirituality – rescheduled for Feb. 24; PrimeTimers – rescheduled for March 17; Tai chi – canceled; Pilates – canceled; Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and worship – canceled.
- St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Shrove Tuesday pancake supper canceled.
- Mooresville South Iredell Chamber – The MSI Chamber orientation scheduled Tuesday 3-4pm is postponed to March 18. That meeting is open to all. RSVP 704-664-3898 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our Town Cinemas in Davidson – Closed for the day. “We thought we could get open today, but it isn’t going to happen. Too much of a chance of danger after the sun goes down. We plan to open normal hours on Wednesday,” the theater said in a notice.
- All classes canceled Tuesday at Dance Davidson.