Strangers rescue family after car spins out on icy road

- After a family of four became stranded when their car spun out on an icy road, three strangers sprang into action and came to their rescue.

It happened Sunday afternoon on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in Huntersville as the winter storm came through.

A man used his pick-up truck and two other men brought a chain and rope to get the family out.

In the most dangerous and miserable of times, it's good to know that you can still count on the kindness of strangers.

The big winter storm has had a huge impact, causing not only dangerous driving conditions, but widespread power outages across the South.

North Carolina Emergency Management said that the threat of ice and freezing rain increased Sunday, especially along the Interstate 85 corridor. There is now a "high probability" of widespread power outages.

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the region for the weekend through Monday afternoon.

[SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS]

As of Sunday morning, these are the predicted snow/sleet accumulations:

•    12”-18” for the Mountains and Foothills
•    8”-12” across Morganton, Hickory, & Statesville
•    4"- 8" for Lincolnton, Salisbury & Shelby
•    2"- 4" near Uptown Charlotte, Concord, & Gastonia
•    A dusting to 2" from South Charlotte to Chester, Monroe, Wadesboro

Northern South Carolina counties up to the Charlotte metro area will have more of a threat for icy accumulation and slick roads during the winter storm rather than snow, so be careful if driving around through Monday. Even further south and east, there is higher likelihood for cold rain. 

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The northern and western counties of our area will see more snow than ice, but the Charlotte metro area is expected to see a mix of both. 

Road conditions will continue to be bad across the area as the winter storm pushes through, so take the necessary precautions to stay safe over the weekend and into the start of next week.

STAY WEATHER AWARE: 

•    Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain for most places.
•    Plan now for difficult travel and power outages, mainly Sunday through Tuesday morning.
•    Keep checking in with the Neighborhood Storm Watch team for the latest!

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