Icy roads Saturday? Charlotte salting streets Friday night

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte street maintenance crews will begin salting streets Friday night in anticipation of road ice forming Friday night and possibly early Saturday.

State road crews are also on stand by, with six trucks scheduled to start pre-treating interstates in the Charlotte area after 10 p.m. Friday.

Weather forecasters have waffled all week on whether the city will get freezing rain in the early hours Saturday. On Friday, the National Weather Service forecast drizzle between 10 and 11 p.m. for Charlotte, then areas of freezing drizzle after 11 p.m. Temperatures could dip to 29 degrees early Saturday.

Saturday is expected to warm to 51 degrees, with only a 30 percent chance of rain.

Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311. Also, reports of routine icing on city streets can be called in to 704-336-3200. Actual emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said crews will begin treating several interstate interchanges starting at 10 p.m. Friday, including all of Interstate 277 and the intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate 77 north of uptown. An additional nine state trucks are on standby if needed, state officials said.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov.

Above average temperatures are expected this winter in the southern part of the United States, the Rockies and Hawaii as well as western and northern Alaska and northern New England. But some areas will see below average temperatures.