Tonight's Cover Story: Iceland volcano impact

Charlotte, NC - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Even though it is 3,145 miles from Charlotte to Iceland, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is having an impact on our region.

Airlines haven't flown passengers from Charlotte to European cities in nearly a week.

The volcanic ash is also affecting production at the BMW plant in Greer, South Carolina.

BMW North America says the German automaker will likely reduce production at the plant due to a shortage of supplies.  A spokeswoman says it shouldn't have to shut the plant down.

The ban in transatlantic air travel will force the conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Christof Perick, to miss his own farewell shows.  Right now, he is stuck in Europe and unable to fly back to Charlotte.

More than an inconvenience, the volcanic eruption could have an impact on our weather.

As the ash cloud travels around the globe from Iceland, it could block out some of the sun's rays leading to a much cooler summer even here in the Carolinas.

And it's happened before.  We'll explain.  That's the subject of our Cover Story, Tuesday, on PrimeTime at 7 p.m.