Preparations for new winter weather in Charlotte area

(File photo: NCDOT)

Galo Baird | [email protected]

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the low pressure system off the North Carolina coast that could affect the Charlotte area with wintry weather Friday afternoon.

In the last report of the agency made at 12 pm, it was reported that 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected. They encouraged all residents to stay on top of the weather and stay tuned to the National Weather Service for forecast updates.

If travel is not necessary, the Office of Emergency Management asked residents to avoid driving during winter weather conditions. “If you have to be on the roadways, please use extreme caution and give the Charlotte Department of Transportation first responders and personnel plenty of room on the roadways,” they said in a press release.

PREPARATIONS

The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) has prepared for these conditions and is treating roadways as necessary. Crews are on standby with equipment loaded and ready.

CDOT currently has an ample supply of materials to deal with the next winter weather event and has begun receiving shipments from its salt supplier to replenish what was used during the last storm.

ALERTS

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Call to 3-1-1 if you have questions about impacts to City of Charlotte services. This service will remain open until 7 pm on Friday, January 21, and will reopen during business hours on Monday, January 24.

All residents are encouraged to register at CharMeck Alerts to receive emergency alerts by text message, phone call or email.

As always, you can monitor Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management at facebook.com/charmeckem, twitter.com/charmeckem e instagram.com/charmeck_em/?hl=en for local information and updates.

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