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Cabarrus Co dealing with winter storm problems

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In Cabarrus County, the sheriff's office said ambulances were getting stuck on the roads Thursday. Snow, sleet and more snow made the roads dangerous.

Thursday morning driving on residential or secondary roads in Concord was a mess. People were stuck and the sleet was coming down. Those roads weren't plowed and with few drivers on the roads, tire tracks weren't deep.

A plow made a difference. And in the Concord Mills parking lot, the mall was closed but Ecoscape was in business.

"It changed over for a long period last night to sleet and freezing rain and that's what caused a lot of the problems," explained snow remover Ray Sammis of Ecoscape.

Concord Mills Boulevard wasn't plowed by the state even when the sleet changed over to heavy snow. People's tires were spinning and they needed help.

"If you don't have a four-wheel drive you don't need to be out there," said Anita Bryant.

Bryant came from Taylor, South Carolina to pick up her grandson.

"We went five hours before we could find food," said Bryant.

Most employers let their workers stay home keeping people off the roads.

"The McDonalds is open because their lock froze and they can't shut the doors," explained Bryant, "So, they're cooking on exit 55 if you're hungry."

Once the snow stopped falling and the sun came out, snow removers noticed the difference.

"We were fighting a losing battle for awhile there," said Sammis.

They cleared the Concord Mills' private road that wraps around the mall.  But Sammis has to travel to other lots from Huntersville to Indian Trail.

"We've got a lot of work left to do," said Sammis.

And in Concord, time is needed to clean it all up.

"I think by the end of the day all what we call bare pavement, major routes will be relatively clear but all the secondaries with that crust and the snow on top are going to be treacherous," said Joe Wilson, Concord's Transportation Director.

The city of Concord is urging people to only to travel in an emergency. There is a lot of work to still do out on the roads and refreezing is an issue once the sun goes down. As of Thursday morning in Concord there were 29 disabled motorist calls, and 2 traffic crash calls with no injuries. Concord's emergency operations center will be open Thursday night.

Cabarrus County schools are closed Friday.

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