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Charlotte and Mecklenburg County open shelters, prepare for wrecks

A snow scraper heads toward uptown along Wilkinson Boulevard on Monday. The Charlotte region could see ice levels approach half an inch during Monday's winter storm, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
A snow scraper heads toward uptown along Wilkinson Boulevard on Monday. The Charlotte region could see ice levels approach half an inch during Monday's winter storm, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

The city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County announced plans Monday morning for how they’ll respond to the impending winter storm.

Gov. Pat McCrory also declared a state of emergency as most of North Carolina could face snow and ice.

During a press conference Monday morning, several city and county departments announced their plans to deal with the weather:

▪  People seeking shelter can stay at a warming station open to everyone from noon to 6 p.m. The station will be located at the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center, 618 North College St., at the Hal Marshall annex, Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin said.

▪  People seeking shelter throughout the night will be provided transportation from the Warming Station at the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center to one of the following locations: Salvation Army Women’s Shelter (for women and children only), Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Urban Ministry/Room at the Inn, Piedmont IB Middle School (American Red Cross Shelter).

▪  The Charlotte Fire Department has brought in additional staff to assist in response to wrecks and downed power lines, according to a city press release.

▪  Both the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will close offices at 3 p.m. Monday, officials said. All rezoning hearings originally scheduled for Monday night have been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Dan Clodfelter said.

▪  Solid Waste Services will provide normal garbage and recyclables today but yard waste collection has been suspended for today, said Solid Waste Services Director Victoria Johnson. The special services unit will complete sidewalk salting in uptown Monday. The departments plans to review collection schedules on Tuesday morning based on weather.

▪  Charlotte Douglas International Airport has started its snow and ice control plan, which includes rotating snow teams to treat runways and taxiways, deputy director Jack Christine said. Pre-treatment of the airfield will begin Monday afternoon and deicing operations are prepared to begin when requested by the airlines. As of 11 a.m., more than 100 flights had been canceled at the airport.

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