Black ice poses biggest threat, State of Emergency remains in effect

Gov. Roy Cooper discusses winter storm aftermath

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The winter storm that passed through North Carolina left slush and damage behind. Governor Roy Cooper says the storm left a year’s worth of snow in some areas of the state.

Cooper says conditions remain treacherous and will only worsen as temperatures drop below freezing Monday night in most of WBTV’s viewing area.

WBTV Tuesday morning forecast

The biggest concern now is black ice as warmer temperatures during the day across the area, melts the snow. The black ice will affect roads and sidewalks and could cause a slippery commute to work.

The majority of the week will be seasonable with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s for the next three days before another system moves into the area bringing some rain.

Gaston County, Cleveland County, Caldwell County, Rowan-Salisbury and Iredell-Statesville Schools will be closed Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will operate on a two-hour delay.

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The North Carolina governor confirmed three deaths as a result of the winter storm on Tuesday. A Matthews man was killed by a falling tree when he was driving in his truck and a woman living in hospice care in Haywood County.

Cooper said a driver was working to free his truck after it got stuck on I-77 when he began to have medical problems. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

“Sadly this storm has now claimed three lives and one additional death remains under investigation,” Governor Cooper said. “We don’t want to lose any more people.”

Utility crews are working to restore power to more than 3,800 households as of Tuesday morning. The governor encouraged residents to check on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly, as they wait for their power to be restored. Click here for the latest outage numbers from NCDPS.

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NCDOT crews remain on the roads as a second round of inclement weather came through the area Monday early afternoon. Cooper says 169 soldiers from The National Guard is also working to assist authorities to ensure residents remain safe. They have assisted with public safety and rescuing families without power and supplies.

The storm that swept across the area Saturday night caused hundreds of crashes across the state. On Tuesday the governor said 2,300 accidents were a result of inclement weather.

NCDOT has made progress on clearing roads and will now focus on neighborhood and secondary roads, Cooper said.

“Were so grateful for road crews and first responders and utility crews who are braving this harsh weather," Cooper said.

Heavy snowfall in Burke County caused the canopy of a gas station on Highway 18 North to collapse. Officials have not said if anyone was injured as a result of the collapse.

The Town of Davidson announced the garbage collection will be delayed due to the weather. Officials say they will resume collections once road conditions have improved. They City of Charlotte closed their offices Monday after initially planning to operate on a delay.

American Airlines says they canceled 415 flights Monday morning before operations started to normalize with scattered cancellations throughout the day. Travelers can visit flightaware as well as the FAA real time flight information map for updates.

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