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Charlotte, state DOT crews ready for potential winter weather

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

As a winter weather system hits the Carolinas, the city of Charlotte and state DOT crews say they are ready to tackle whatever comes this this.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) is treating city streets in preparation for a snow and ice event. They have 32 trucks, 64 crew members and supporting staff, working in 12-hour shifts on 16 routes.

All routes include major and minor thoroughfares, connector streets, bus routes, and streets in and around hospitals.

WEB EXTRA: Click here for the full list of closings, delays

Dozens of schools across the region were delayed or closed ahead of the system arriving in the area, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who announced at 5:30 a.m. it would be closed for students Monday.

RELATED ARTICLE: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed for students on Monday

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says the North Carolina State Emergency Response Team is closely monitoring the weather and preparing for the approaching winter storm and recommended that residents do the same.

“Throughout the weekend, we have been working with all necessary state agencies, state and local emergency management crews to coordinate preparations for the potentially hazardous weather conditions,” said Governor McCrory. “We’re asking that each resident and family pay close attention to the weather forecast and follow any instructions issued by local officials.” 

According to city officials, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) plans to operate on a normal weekday schedule. From the start of service, weather conditions will be closely monitored on all routes and at all park and ride locations. Riders should check with ridetransit.org on Monday morning regarding any schedule changes.

If you have a flight scheduled for Monday, travelers are advised to contact their airline regarding their flight status prior to traveling to the airport.

Monday morning, dozens of canceled flights were showing on the big board at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

American Airlines says customers flying on AA or American Eagle flights from Sunday through  Monday from or through Charlotte may change flights without penalty or have the ticket-reissue charge waived for one ticket change.

Customers may choose to begin travel as early as Sunday or as late as Thursday under this travel waiver.
North Carolina state troopers are patrolling as usual while paying close attention to potential trouble spots. As with any winter storm, troopers will be actively looking for abandoned vehicles and tagging cars to ensure motorist safety. 

RELATED ARTICLE: Snow, sleet and rain to hit Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

NCDOT has been working for the past several days to treat interstates and major routes across the state with salt brine to help prevent ice from sticking to the roadways.

Residents are encouraged to drive slowly and be aware of the potential for ice on area roads. Icy road conditions can be reported by calling 311. Any emergencies and accidents should be reported to 911.

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