Good morning to you on this Thursday, 30 January 2014, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this very cold morning! Temperatures are in the teens in the Charlotte area. Be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then 7 to 9 AM on our Bounce sister-station...we'll have the most complete forecast for you...and more!
Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are CLOSED today...as are many other school systems. We will bring you the complete list on air as well as on-line. Now...a lot of kids may be celebrating being out of school...but it comes with a price! Astrid Martinez will be live...to tell us how schools systems will be making up lost days...by holding Saturday classes. You'll certainly want to see this story.
It is bitterly cold out there this morning...but the good news is, most of the snow and ice that was on the major roadways is gone, the result of a combination of sunshine, salting, and traffic. However, many secondary roads still have ice...so be careful out there.
The storm that brought the ice and snow may be gone, but travelers are still feeling its impact this morning. We'll be live from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport where many travelers had to spend the night because of canceled and delayed flights.
We showed you how the storm paralyzed traffic in the Atlanta area yesterday...it appeared to catch officials off guard. One woman says her 12-mile commute home took her 16 hours. Things have improved today...but abandoned cars still litter the highways. The question many folks are asking this morning...could the same sort of thing happen here in the Charlotte area? We're looking into that and will have more details.
Important cold weather note here: The American Red Cross warming center will be open again today. It's located uptown inside the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center at 618 north College Street.
North Carolina's largest insurer now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina says it's making the change for policies sold starting next week and taking effect March 1.
For the first time in four years residents in Mecklenburg County will hear a state of the county address. We have a preview of what you can expect.
Sports! Al Jefferson matched a season high with 35 points, including a key basket in the final seconds, and the Charlotte Bobcats hung on to beat the Denver Nuggets 101-98 Wednesday night. Jefferson also had 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double in his last 22 games.
And what do you think of this? Pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged in Toronto for allegedly assaulting a limo driver last month. The 19-year-old turned himself in to a Toronto police station last night.