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

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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