Officials with Wells Fargo closed off a portion of the sidewalk around their building on Stonewall Street on Tuesday morning, out of concern that ice forming at upper levels of the 48-story Duke Energy Center building might fall and injure someone on the ground.
Temperatures were in the mid-30s at ground level in Charlotte’s uptown, but readings were at or slightly below freezing at the higher parts of the 786-foot-tall building.
“Someone at the 45th floor reported seeing ice form on the building, so we closed off the area at the ground,” said Josh Dunn, a spokesman for Wells Fargo, which owns the building. “That’s standard operating procedure for us during inclement weather.
“We want to direct people away from any area where ice might fall,” Dunn added.
Dunn said he had received no reports of ice falling, but passers-by said they saw several chunks of ice on the sidewalk on Stonewall Street, between South Tryon and South Church streets.
There were no immediate reports of ice on any of the other tall buildings Tuesday morning in uptown Charlotte.
Temperatures warmed to the mid-40s Tuesday afternoon, eliminating the threat of ice.