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Ice-covered roads, closed schools left in wake of winter storm

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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Shoppers back to their car after shopping at the Harris Teeter in the Park Road Shopping Center under a snow fall as temps drop to 21 deegrees Tuesday Jan. 28,2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Snow continues to fall as temps drop to the low 20's in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday Jan. 28,2014.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte is hit with a flurry of snow at the point of evening rush hour as commuters make their way home. Erica Fianchino walks her dog Riley along Hawthorne Lane just as the beginning of Charlotte's first snow.
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    T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Snow falls over uptown Charlotte during Tuesday's afternoon rush hour.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Sean Parisi 16, a junior at South Caldwell High School pushes his bike along the Falls Ave. Bridge ,to the right is a snow covered US 321, as he heads to the Jack B Quick store to get something to eat in Granite Falls as the temps dip to 20 degrees on Tuesday Jan. 28,2014.

Charlotte-area residents are awakening to icy road conditions Wednesday morning, in the wake of a winter storm that left 1 to 2 inches of snow across the region.

Nearly all schools are closed today, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and most private schools in the area. Officials decided conditions would be too dangerous for buses to operate.

City and state crews worked during the night to clear the region’s roads, with mixed success. Interstate highways are largely in good shape Wednesday morning, although motorists are reporting scattered patches of snow and ice. But some secondary roads are ice-covered, and a number of collisions were reported before 6 a.m.

Motorists are describing fast-changing conditions.

“You can be driving along a road that is wet, and a few hundred feet later, it’s nothing but ice,” one man said Wednesday morning as he put gas in his SUV at an Exxon station on Independence Boulevard near I-485 in Matthews.

Most government offices are opening on two-hour delays.

The snow ended around midnight, and crews treated the region’s major thoroughfares with brine and salt. But temperatures tumbled into the upper teens during the night, and most of the slushy and wet spots turned to ice.

Motorists reported that roads like N.C. 49 in southern Mecklenburg County, Park Road in south Charlotte, Sardis Road North in southeast Charlotte and Lawyers Road in east Charlotte were ice-covered Wednesday morning. Carowinds Boulevard also was reported to be in bad shape.

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee advised motorists to stay off the road if possible.

National Weather Service meteorologists said 1 inch of snow fell in Mecklenburg County by the time precipitation ended late Tuesday.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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