Lingering ice, rain leaves roads slick; causes school delays

- Icy conditions are lingering in the mountains and foothills after freezing rain pounded the area. Charlotte faced bitter cold temperatures and heavy rain on Thursday that caused flooding and took down trees. 

One area in south Charlotte was seriously impacted by a downed tree. Providence Rd. was shut down for hours after a tree fell this morning during rush hour.

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“My wife and I were asleep getting ready to go to work, we heard a commotion,” said Brandon Powell who lives nearby. “It just sounded like a loud thump.” 

Powell says he was startled by the sound of a tree crashing down across the street from his apartments.

A person did get trapped inside of a car when the tree fell but was not hurt, according to an official. 

Several schools were closed on Thursday due to the nasty weather, and others will have a two-hour delay Friday morning due to power outages and possible icy spots on the road. Those schools include: 

  • Cleveland County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Watauga County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Gaston County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Ashe County Public Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Catawba County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Newton-Conover Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Hickory Public Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Lincoln County: 2-hour delay

While a refreeze is still possible in some areas-- which could make the morning commute slick and icy-- thankfully the threat of the rain and freezing rain has moved out. Now, crews will be working to clean up those fallen trees and restore power. 

The rest of the week is looking better with higher temperatures and more sunshine. 

Friday: Mostly sunny and milder. High: 54.

Saturday through Tuesday: Looking great with sunny skies and highs in the 50s and 60s.

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