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Icy conditions remain on Charlotte-area roads

Below-freezing temperatures overnight caused parts of some roads to refreeze overnight across the Charlotte region
Below-freezing temperatures overnight caused parts of some roads to refreeze overnight across the Charlotte region dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-area motorists should stay alert to slippery conditions Wednesday morning, as some roads that appear to be clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice due to overnight refreezing.

Already, crews have had to salt trouble spots including Independence Boulevard at Albemarle Road.

Although state crews cleared interstates and four-lane roads Tuesday, overnight refreezing could have caused some icy patches, the state Department of Transportation said on Twitter Wednesday morning.

“Secondary roads remain very icy,” the DOT said.

At 7:45 a.m., the DOT reported that interstates look good in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, although the state is keeping crews at the Interstate 77 flyover in Charlotte. No major issues happened overnight on the interstates, the DOT reported.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials asked residents to be extra careful this morning, and to “maintain a safe speed and be mindful of road conditions at all times.”

Backups were reported at 8:30 a.m. on inbound Independence Boulevard because of a stalled vehicle blocking the left lane near Pecan Avenue.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Charlotte could impact traffic for commuters Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said, as well as for drivers near the airport.

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