FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 13, 2014
City and County offices closed due to continuing dangerous conditions
Charlotte, NC — Conditions in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area remain extremely dangerous this morning. Icy rain continues to fall and more snow is coming.
People are strongly urged to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel, expect ice and drive with extreme caution. Sidewalks and parking lots are extremely dangerous. Pedestrians are at extreme risk.
Do not go out unless it's absolutely necessary.
The Charlotte City Manager and Mecklenburg County Manager had planned to open public facilities at noon, but have now decided that it is too dangerous to do so. City and County facilities will be closed all day, Thursday, February 13, 2014. Essential personnel will report as scheduled. 311 continues to operate extended hours from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Private employers are encouraged to adjust their schedules and minimize risks to their workers.
To help essential employees get to work, CATS light rail service is operating on schedule. Bus service, however, is delayed. CATS is trying to begin certain primary routes at 10 a.m. with others phased in as streets are safe, and drivers can safely get to work and onto to their routes. Please check your bus schedule before going out to ensure it will be in service. Service is contingent on road conditions. Walking paths to transit will be extremely dangerous.
All streets in the area have ice, even primary streets that have been treated and may appear to show bare pavement.
The I-277 loop and Independence Blvd remain extremely hazardous and are subject to closure depending on conditions.
Emergency conditions are expected to continue into Friday. This is a serious storm, and it is not over.