Winter storm warning for Triad; 2 to 4 inches of snow expected

Winter storm warning for Triad; 2 to 4 inches of snow expected

Andrew Cummings
January 21, 2018

Fortunately, there have been no storm related deaths.

Cooper pointed to a warning from retired stock auto racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., who tweeted that North Carolinians should stay home, along with a photo of a stuck auto attached to a line and winch on his vehicle.

"The snow was lovely today, but it will be treacherous tonight and below freezing temperatures during the night and in the morning. All good. Probably just needs a new alignment".

Cooper also said 30,000 homes and businesses were without power due to the weather, primarily in Charlotte and central counties. In the area's residential neighborhoods, a few people shoveled driveways but most stayed bundled inside.

More than 1,500 United States flights have been canceled and even more delayed, with airports in Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans and Boston tallying the most cancellations, flight tracking site says.

As Winter Storm Inga moves northeasterly, it is already dropping snow in Pennsylvania - with Ashland seeing over 8 inches - as well as similar accumulations in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

A slow-moving storm lumbered into North Carolina Wednesday, threatening 6 inches of snow in the Triangle as temperatures dropped to freezing.

Almost 600 crashes have been reported in Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "However, they're going to rebound really quickly today". "So, just wait", Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said Wednesday morning.

Schools remained closed or had delayed openings across much of the region, effectively giving many students a seven-day break as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday extended through Thursday. "Go back to bed". Meteorologist Hal Austin is with the National Weather Service in Newport. Or if drivers must go out, to drive slowly and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially plows. "We saw those crashes this morning and unless you stay off the road, there will be more of them". "Even roads that look clear can be risky tonight and in the morning".

"Freezing rain is what you don't want", Short said. Every interstate in Baton Rouge remained closed Thursday morning, including Interstates 10 and 12, which were blocked to motorists across the southeastern stretch of the state.

In Metairie, east of New Orleans, Paul Herring found ice coating the sidewalk outside his home Wednesday morning - so he put on a pair of ice skates, and his wife took a video of him gliding along the path.

North Carolina has a strong statute against price gouging - charging too much during a time of crisis - that is tied directly to a declaration of a state of emergency.

The governors of Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana declared states of emergency because of severe conditions that made traveling treacherous.

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol will mark abandoned vehicles along the roads and coordinated with local police officers to make sure that people are not stranded in those vehicles, Cooper said.

Classes were canceled Wednesday at a number of universities in the South, including Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

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