Snow, sleet blanket region causing power outages, dangerous roads

  

Pictured above: I-40 in Statesville Sunday morning at the Radio Road bridge looking east – WSIC photo

STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – The southeast is sitting under a significant amount of snowfall and sleet which has left behind storm-related issues including power outages, treacherous roads and numerous cancellations.

Snowfall totals vary by region in North Carolina, with the most significant amounts northwest of Charlotte. WSIC news partner FOX 46 compiled the following list of predicted snow/sleet accumulations Sunday morning:

• 12”-18” for the Mountains and Foothills
• 8”-12” across Morganton, Hickory, & Statesville
• 4″- 8″ for Lincolnton, Salisbury & Shelby
• 2″- 4″ near Uptown Charlotte, Concord, & Gastonia
• A dusting to 2″ from South Charlotte to Chester, Monroe, Wadesboro

As of 11:30 Sunday morning, NC Emergency Management reported more than 190,000 outages in the state including 15,873 in Mecklenburg, 615 in Iredell, 1212 in Davie and 1014 in Catawba.

Public safety officials urge individuals to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell says travel is extremely difficult and nearly inaccessible in certain areas with snow drifts. He says the agency is still responding to calls and is prepared with four-wheel drive vehicles.

The NCDOT’s live traffic map continues to show slow moving interstates west of Raleigh.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mooresville-Graded Schools, Mitchell Community College and others have announced closures for Monday. Speedball Art Products in Statesville has also reported to WSIC that it will be closed Monday. JC Penney’s Statesville distribution facility has canceled 2nd and 3rd shifts Sunday and 1st shift Monday. If you would like to arrange to use WSIC’s closure/delay reporting system, send a request from your organizational email to news@wsicweb.com.

The following road closures were reported Sunday morning in Mooresville:

  • Connector Road
  • W. Lowrance Avenue at Pinewood Circle
  • White Oaks Road at Fieldstone
  • White Oaks Road at Shearers Road
  • Timber Road at Commercial Drive
  • Rocky River Road at Bluffton

In Statesville, the Salvation Army has opened its facility at 1361 Caldwell Street as a warming shelter and will also be open as an emergency shelter overnight and again as a warming shelter during the day Monday. The Red Cross has multiple shelters open across the state for individuals who may have lost power or be stranded. Open shelters include:

First Baptist Church of Old Fort, NC
203 E Main St., Old Fort, NC 28762

Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency
157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, NC 28721

Moore County Agricultural Center
707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage, NC 28327

Polk County Middle School
321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC 28756

Rockingham Middle School
182 High School Rd., Reidsville, NC 27320

Saluda Vol. Fire Dept.
199 Walnut Street, Saluda, NC 28773

Transylvania Co. Activity Ctr.
1078 Ecusta Dr., Brevard, NC 28712

YMCA OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
348 Grace Corpening Dr., Marion, NC 28752

Dunbar Elementary School
286 Learning Parkway, Forest City, NC 28043

East HENDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
110 Old Upward Rd., East Flat Rock, NC 28726

Graham Recreation Center
311 College St., Graham NC 27253

A live listing of open shelters can be found at www.redcross.org/shelters

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