Schools, Businesses Close For 2nd Day As Snow Turns To Ice
Temperatures plunged into the mid-teens Wednesday night, encasing the day's snowfall in a layer of ice and creating hazardous driving conditions on roads across the region.
School systems from Lancaster County, South Carolina, to Alleghany County, North Carolina, closed down for a second day, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Several area universities also canceled classes Thursday, including Queens University, Central Piedmont Community College, Johnson C. Smith University, and Winthrop University.
UNC Charlotte and Johnson and Wales University resumed classes Thursday, but on a delay.
Dozens of medical care and child care providers were also shuttering their doors or opening late Thursday, according to a list of closures compiled by WSOC-TV - among them the Children's Academy and KinderCare networks.
The icy conditions also shut down courthouses and government offices around the region. In Mecklenburg County, nearly all court sessions were canceled for a second day Thursday. On Twitter, the county said it would postpone opening its government offices and libraries until later in the morning.
There were no major power outages reported in the Charlotte region, but Duke Energy reported about 10,000 customers in the Raleigh area were without power as of 7 a.m.
Around three to four inches of snow blanketed the Charlotte metro area on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Some areas north of Charlotte saw higher totals in the area of four to six inches. Meanwhile, areas north of Raleigh near Durham and Falls Lake reported snow accumulation as high as a foot, the weather service said.
Much of the snow and ice in Charlotte is projected to remain in place Thursday, despite the sun. Temperatures are only forecast to reach 38 degrees by the afternoon.
Later Thursday night, temperatures are expected to again tumble into the teens, further preserving any leftover patches of black ice and again generating hazardous driving conditions around the city.