Freezing rain advisory cancelled for region

Charlotte appeared to dodge major problems Wednesday morning on a day that threatened to bring ice and freezing rain.

Traffic conditions in Charlotte remained normal through the morning commute. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced early Wednesday that it would operate under a normal schedule, with no delays. Cabarrus County Schools opened under a two-hour delay.

The National Weather Service canceled a “freezing rain advisory” at about 9 a.m. for much of the region, including Mecklenburg, Union and Gaston counties.

Conditions were worse in counties farther north. Rowan-Salisbury Schools moved from a two-hour delay to a three-hour delay Wednesday morning after “problem areas” were reported on bridges and overpasses. Several accidents were reported, and the bridge over Interstate 85 at Peeler Road was closed, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

No major accidents were reported, and traffic largely flowed smoothly. Traffic on I-77 slowed on the approach to Charlotte from both the north and the south.

Temperatures hovering right at the freezing mark for most of the morning.

The city of Charlotte said the weather did not affect its operations. Charlotte Area Transit System is operating buses, and the LYNX light rail as normal.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation treated bridges with salt overnight and into the morning Wednesday, but said it has received no calls to deal with icy spots.

Other areas of the state were hit harder.

The Triangle dealt with light freezing rain, though conditions were not as bad as feared. Durham County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools closed for the day. Wake County Public School System was on a two-hour delay.

Watauga County Schools also closed for the day.

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