BREAKING: Nearly 2,000 without power in south Charlotte

Good morning! It's Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! This is Christine Nelson. If you're up early with us this morning, turn on WBTV News This Morning. We are getting you caught up right now on the news, weather and traffic headlines...and there is a lot to talk about for each of them.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Providence Road near Fairview Road is shutting down as I'm typing this email. An accident there knocked out power to nearly 2,000 residents. So many people will be waking up in the dark! Our Astrid Martinez is there with a WBTV News photographer. They are gathering new details to keep you updated on the power situation.

WEATHER ALERT: It's a good thing students have the day off today, especially in the mountains. The National Weather Service just issued this: Winter Storm Watch for Avery County in NC until 6:00 a.m. WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin has the most reliable look at the forecast.

I mentioned early today is MLK Day...and a big gathering is taking place in Charlotte to honor the civil rights leader. The YMCA in Charlotte is holding its 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Top officials including the Charlotte Mayor and the governor will be there. Doors open in just a few hours.

Silver Alert: There is a missing man from Gaston County. We have the picture of 81-year-old Elmer Gene Norman to show you. Maybe you will recognize him.

Plus, trouble on the high seas. What officials are saying the reason 60+ people got sick on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

I have a few more scripts to go over before I join John Carter at 5:00 a.m. He's live on set now so tune in!