Not much snow, but plenty of slips and slides
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Update 7:30 a.m.:
Numerous wrecks are occurring throughout the area, including multiple vehicles sliding into guardrails along I-85.
The Mount Hope Church Road area seems to be particularly slippery, with reports of cars stuck or off the road coming across the emergency response scanner.
Few injuries have been reported, but at least two people were pinned in a car on I-85 that slid into some sort of pole.
Secondary roads are treacherous, with slippery patches or entire lanes “a sheet of ice,” according to reports heard on the scanner.
Law enforcement has requested Orphanage Road be shut down because of about 15 cars stuck on the road that can’t get up a hill.
Drivers report slick condition on U.S. 29 as well.
Although salt and slag trucks are out, many roads have not been treated.
Staff and wire reports
The first snowstorm of 2009 came to Rowan County late Monday, with local accumulations of 2 to 4 inches predicted at press time.
Rain showers began changing to snow flurries around 10 p.m.
Post reporters around Rowan and Cabarrus counties reported varying amounts of snowfall.
According to the National Weather Service, snow showers were expected to continue through midmorning, with temperatures hovering around freezing.
The National Weather Service predicted as much as 6 inches in parts of central North Carolina, but almost all the Carolinas were expected to get at least an inch.
“All the evidence suggests from the model forecasts that we’ve seen that there’s going to be decent snows across the area,” said Darin Figurskey, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “Most of it should stick.”
As of press time, no local school systems or colleges had announced decisions regarding closings or delays.
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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday made it harder to get public works crews back to prepare roads.
But trucks were already spraying salt solution on Interstate 85 and other local roads by midafternoon Monday.
Some roadways in the mountains were already covered with a dusting of early snow that arrived as winds lifted moisture over the mountains.
The Cherohala Skyway that connects North Carolina and Tennessee was covered in snow and ice, said officials, who urged motorists to be careful.
Slippery roadways could be a lingering problem. Along with freezing weather and snow throughout much of Tuesday, temperatures in parts of the Carolinas are slated to begin Wednesday in the teens before warming up in the afternoon.
“Temperatures are going to struggle to recover much as the day goes on Tuesday,” Figurskey said. “Whatever’s on the ground will probably stay with us until Wednesday.”