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Today’s traffic: Little ice; Statesville Rd. closed

Despite concerns about black ice, Charlotte-area roads appear to be in good shape this Thursday morning.

Only a few patches of black ice have been reported, and traffic is flowing well for the most part at 8:30 a.m.

One trouble spot is Statesville Avenue near Norris Drive, where power lines are down. The lines were knocked down in a vehicle crash about 1:45 a.m.

Otherwise, conditions appear to be good on Charlotte-area roads this morning.

Traffic probably will be lighter than usual this morning because of school closings and delayed openings.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, along with public schools in most nearby counties, are closed Thursday. The Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools and several private schools are opening two or three hours late.

The interstate highways and other major routes are mostly clear. Road crews have treated a number of icy spots during the night.

But motorists should be careful for possible patches of ice, especially on secondary roads.

I-85 southbound ramp to Beatties Ford Road ... Collision; minor delays.

Johnston Road at N.C. 51 ... Collision; minor delays.

Johnston Road ramp to inner loop of I-485 ... Collision; minor delays.

Albemarle Road, east of Lawyers Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

Freedom Drive at Allenbrook Drive ... Disabled vehicles; minor delays.

I-40 eastbound, Burke County ... Fatal truck wreck near mile marker 133, Rutherford College Road; one eastbound lane open; moderate to heavy delays.

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