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City of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Inclement Weather Update

City/County Offices:

  • City and County offices will be on a two-hour delay tomorrow.  Essential personnel will report to work as scheduled.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains open and operational.
  • The Airport continues to closely monitor weather conditions and is in constant communication with airlines representatives, TSA and our concessionaires to ensure passengers are assisted. 
  • The Airport has activated its plan to assist passengers who may be remaining in the terminal overnight.
  • Extra staff is on hand to hand out cots and mats to passengers who need   them. The Airport’s concessionaire is keeping some concessions open.        
  • The Aviation Department continues to monitor conditions on the runways and taxiways and will pre-treat surfaces prior to tomorrow’s operations.     
  • Aircraft are arriving and departing from CLT.  There are delays.  
  • The Airport’s deicing operations continue.  
  • Approximately 200 aircraft have been deiced today.    
  • Customers are encouraged to please continue checking with their airlines for updated flight status before leaving to come to the Airport. 

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

  • CDOT is salt brining streets overnight.  This will help keep the snow from bonding Wednesday morning and make it easier to plow.
    REMINDER: Target areas:
    Major and minor thoroughfares
    Hospital entrances
    Assistance to police, fire and medic
    Emergencies that are reported
    Residential collector streets
    Then neighborhood streets
    CAUTION: Ice may form on streets and sidewalks Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  This is treacherous!
  • Caution tips:
    Drive slower
    Allow extra following distance, especially around heavy equipment treating roads
    Watch out for pedestrians and motorists
    If possible, stay off the streets
    Call CharMeck 311 or 704-326-3200 to request help

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

  • In anticipation of winter storm:
    • Bus:
      • Bus routes currently running as normal
      • With increased winter precipitation, delays are expected
      • This may cause routes to operate on the main streets
    • Rail:
      • Running as normal
      • If significant ice or snow occurs the LYNX line could experience delays
    • STS:
      • The service is able to make all service appointments
      • However, customers are cancelling non-essential trips today and for tomorrow approx. 1/3 of scheduled trips have been cancelled.
  • Up to date info on routes and detours are available on CATS website and via CATS Twitter account: and @CATSridetransit
  • During these conditions CATS call center receives 3-4 times the normal call volume so we ask customers to have patience as staff attempts to answers calls.

Solid Waste Services
As of 2:25 pm today, SWS had completed all collections for Tuesday’s bulky waste and garbage services.  The recycling vendor (Inland Waste) will continue to service today’s routes and strive to complete as many as possible by 5:00pm. 
Because of the anticipated forecast for Wednesday, February 12th, SWS has suspended all garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection services.  All Collections employees are asked to report to work on Thursday, February 13th at 9:00am or whatever time determined by the city manager.  Crews will begin servicing routes on Thursday as soon as possible based on road conditions and accessibility in various neighborhoods.  
American Red Cross, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management
The American Red Cross, together with Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management opened a Warming Center to make sure everyone can escape from the cold.
As of 5 pm, 45 people were at the warming station, which will remain open until noon tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12. The Center is located at 618 North College Street in the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center.
Local partners listed below have shelter accommodations available:

  • Salvation Army Women’s Shelter (for women, children and single women)
    534 Spratt Street, Charlotte
  • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
    1210 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte
  • Urban Ministry/Room At The Inn
    945 North College Street, Charlotte

Mecklenburg County
All evening county activities postponed or cancelled
Homeless Services opening a Warming Station Wednesday morning at Hal Marshall Annex
County offices will operate on at least a two-hour delay Wednesday for non-essential employees. A final decision on closing will be announced depending on how the storm progresses.

  • All court sessions scheduled for Wednesday, February 12 are cancelled.


  • Avoid the roadways if at all possible as weather conditions intensify.
  • If you do have to drive, be sure to increase following distance between you and vehicle in front of you.
  • Use 311 for non-emergency calls for service
  • Call 911 only for emergency purposes.
  • Car accidents:  98 property damage only. 22 personal injury reported.

CharMeck 311
Hours have been extended 6 am to 10 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
Charlotte Fire Department 

  • Stay Warm – Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything that can catch fire at least three feet away.  Be sure to have working smoke alarms and an escape plan for any emergency that may occur in your home.
  • Stay Safe – Always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting. 
  • Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles and fragrance warmers, which can look, smell and feel like real candles – without the flame.  
  • Stay Alive - Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Be sure to have carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
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