Winter Blog: Second round of snow in Greensboro


There is a black ice warning in effect. If you must travel, leave early and drive slow!

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Stay updated with the latest weather and road conditions as our Weather team is working around the clock to monitor what’s next. 

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021

9 a.m. — City cancellations and changes

The city of Greensboro is canceling Saturday waste collections. Friday routes will run Monday, the 24th. 

GTA will operate using snow routes/main streets. HEAT service begins at 1 p.m.

Several Greensboro library branches are closed

High Point Public Library and Museum will open at noon today. The transit system will not run. 

The City of Winston-Salem shares updates on waste collections

8:45 a.m. — A look at downtown Greensboro covered in snow

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist delays opening its COVID-19 testing location at Providence Place until noon. The testing site will close at 3 p.m. 

8:15 a.m. — Greensboro closures

Greensboro Parks & Recreation closes all facilities

Greensboro Science Center closes for the day

Photojournalist Ryan Gavette shares an early morning look on I-40W in Whitsett

A Winston-Salem update from Randy Britton on road conditions

7:45 a.m.– Flight cancellations and delays at PTI airport Saturday morning.

7:25 a.m. — Check out this beautiful picture of downtown Greensboro taken by Jeb Brooks! 

7:20 a.m.– Snow moving out towards the coast!  

7:15 a.m. — A viewer picture of Adams Farm in Greensboro 

7:00 a.m.– Check out this surveillance video showing a person stealing a church bell in Greensboro. 

6:25 a.m.– If you have any air travel planned this weekend, PTI Airport is asking that you call your airline before leaving home. Airport officials said it’s important to check in just in case there are any cancellations.

5:30 a.m.– Roads are covered and the sun is on its way out to help us out later on today. 

5:25 a.m. — Saturday morning blizzard in the Triad! 

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Ice and snow prompt Saturday morning travel warning | Local


The T&D Region received a mix of ice and snow overnight, leaving some dangerous conditions as dawn approached Saturday morning.

A special weather statement warning of slick roads and black ice remains in effect until noon:

“In the wake of winter precipitation overnight and below freezing temperatures, some roads remain slick and snow covered. Temperatures will be slow to rise and likely will not be above freezing until late morning or early afternoon. Therefore, motorists should remain alert for slick roads with patchy ice and use caution while traveling or delay travel until later this afternoon.”

Temperatures will be below freezing in the morning with wind-chill factors making conditions feel much colder.

Saturday is forecast to be partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 41 in the afternoon.

 An Orangeburg resident reported freezing rain at 5:30 p.m.

That was followed by a similar report in Holly Hill at 7 p.m. and St. Matthews at 8 p.m., according to reports made to the National Weather Service. Bowman reported freezing rain at 9 p.m.

The temperature at midnight in Orangeburg was 31.

Forecasts called for snow and sleet before 1 a.m., then a chance of snow between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. The low temperature was expected to be 24, with a north wind around 10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.

The total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation was projected at less than one inch.

Orangeburg’s Department of Public Utilities was reporting no outages in its service area at midnight.

The S.C. Highway Patrol was reporting one collision in The T&D Region on Friday night. It occurred on Old State Road in Calhoun County at 8:15 p.m.

The weather system was moving to the east, bringing some icy conditions along the coast primarily from Charleston north. It was expected to move offshore during the morning.



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Snow forecasts trending lower, but could still slow DC area travel


“If you can delay your travel until after 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., driving conditions will begin to improve,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell told WTOP.

Key points:

  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday for Northern Virginia, central, northern and Southern Maryland, and the District.
  • Totals: Between a trace and 2 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts of 2 to 3 inches in Northern Maryland.
  • Rain will change to snow between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in D.C. and Baltimore. Delay travel until after 11 a.m. if you can.
  • Single-digit wind chills will lend to a refreeze overnight into Friday. Additional school delays or cancellations are possible.

For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM. Download the free WTOP News app for Android and Apple phones to sign up for custom traffic and weather alerts.


Temperatures are trending slightly warmer than forecasts had initially called for, but a quick inch or two of snow could still hamper D.C. region drivers early Thursday.

Under the latest thinking, residents of Virginia and Maryland east of the Blue Ridge can now expect a change to snow between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. — likely bringing totals in D.C. and Baltimore down. The forecast calls for a quick inch or two of accumulation in the cities, with slightly higher amounts in Northern Maryland, before the storm gradually tapers off late this morning.

But while the forecast is trending favorably, commuters are still faced with a risk of widespread icing amid plummeting temperatures. Rain at the storm’s onset could have washed away pretreatment on road surfaces, making for less-than-ideal road conditions. Drive slow, leave plenty of stopping distance from the vehicle in front you, and be extra cautious on driveways, highway ramps, bridges and overpasses.

“If you can delay your travel until after 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., driving conditions will begin to improve,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell told WTOP. “If you must travel between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., please give yourself added time to get where you’re going. Slushy to briefly snow-covered roads could bog down with traffic very quickly.”



The National Weather Service’s snowfall forecast for Thursday morning. (Courtesy NWS/NOAA)

While snow totals themselves likely won’t be impressive outside the higher elevations of West Virginia and Maryland, some of the region’s most disastrous commutes in recent memory were sparked by relatively brief bouts of winter weather. As WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine noted, all it often takes is intense snowfall rates during high volume to bring drivers to a standstill.

If you can delay travel until late morning, Storm Team4’s Bell recommends you do so to allow road crews extra time for de-icing. Many of the area’s public schools are switching their status from a delay to a closure. The federal government is on a two-hour delay with the option for unscheduled leave or telework.

The Virginia Department of Transportation spent much of Wednesday pretreating major roads with a salt brine solution in anticipation of both Thursday’s winter weather and Friday’s refreeze. District officials will have the city’s snow team on full deployment during Thursday morning rush hour to salt roads as the snow starts to fall.

“If travel is unavoidable and absolutely necessary, drivers must plan to complete travel before snowfall begins and remain off the roads until they are passable,” VDOT said in a news release.

Snow wanes to flurries around noon, after which attention shifts to blisteringly-cold temperatures and wind chills due to persist through the weekend. Believe it or not, Thursday morning’s forecast highs in the 30s might be the warmest it’ll get until at least Sunday: Thursday night’s lows will be in the teens, while Friday and Saturday highs aren’t likely to climb out of the upper 20s.

Computer models, meanwhile, continue to shy away from snow chances early Saturday. A developing low over the Tennessee Valley will bring more snowfall to the Carolinas and portions of central and southern Virginia, but the worst of it looks to stay well outside of the WTOP listening area.

“In those areas south of D.C., 2 to 3 inches are not totally out of the question, but it is unlikely that anyone around the D.C. region will get much more than an inch,” Bell said. “There is still time to watch, but this does not look like a major event in our area.”


Mass transit:

Metrobus: Operating its Saturday supplemental service. Routes may be adjusted based on weather conditions.

RideOn: Reduced bus service continues due to a driver shortage. Flex and extRa services are suspended.

DASH: All lines except 102, 103 and 104 are running on an enhanced Saturday schedule due to a driver shortage.

VanGo: Due to driver shortages, the Berry Road, La Plata, Pinefield, Indian Head I, and Indian Head II routes are suspended until further notice.


Forecast:

Thursday: Rain ends as snow before noon. Breezy and cold, with highs in the low 30s and wind chills in the mid 20s.

Thursday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Bitter cold. Lows in the teens, with wind chills near zero.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and freezing. A slight chance of snow showers late. Highs in the upper 20s.

Saturday: Cloudy and cold. Snow likely, with totals under 2 inches. Highs in the upper 20s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s with wind chills in the mid 20s.


Current conditions:


Power outages:


WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.





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5 Important Tips for Driving in the Snow That Will Keep You Safe on Winter Road Trips




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Burst of snow expected in D.C. area Thursday morning


As a strong cold front pushes south, rain will change to snow, which could be heavy for a time between about 7 and 10 a.m. It will probably too warm for the snow to stick at first. But, as temperatures fall, slick spots could develop, especially in our colder areas north and west of the Beltway.



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Tricky travel in Luzerne County as snow falls


As the snow starts to accumulate in many parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania, road crews in Luzerne County prepare for the cleanup ahead.

LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — Heavy snowfall in Luzerne County forced drivers off the roadway as PennDOT’s restricted commercial vehicles on highways. James Boatwright is a truck driver from Southern Illinois, stuck in Pittston Township for most of the night. 

“I went to Hartford, Connecticut and picked another load up and I’m going to Harrisburg, but I stopped here for the night because the roads are starting to get bad. I’m waiting it out. They may or may not let us go,” said James Boatwright.

Boatwright says he had a hard time finding a place to park his truck. This gas station lot was nearly full when he came in. He says some may be tempted to just continue on their way. 

“I usually don’t run into this kind of situation, so I parked as quickly as I could. The parking is very limited, everybody is pulling in and leaving. There’s no place to park, so I don’t know how they can enforce anything provided there’s no place to park,” Boatwright said.

In Wilkes-Barre Township crews were ready to start clearing parking lots at Arena Hub Plaza. Joey Irvin and his team from Joey’s Landcare plan to lay two tons of salt on these lots for the snow but expect the incoming rain to work in their favor.

“Some places that aren’t open 24/7, we leave it until it accumulates and the rain comes. We will push it off and let the rain do the job, that way we don’t need to use as much salt,” Joey Irvin.

He encourages to drivers stay off of the roads, to help crews like his get the job done.

“Cars staying off the roads and everyone staying home; it’s definitely the best-case scenario for cleanup crews. It just makes our jobs a lot easier. Less objects in the way, less people maneuvering around you. It’s definitely way better,” said Irvin.

Check out severe weather tips on WNEP’s YouTube channel.  



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Winter Snow Storm Updates: States Brace for Dangerous Conditions


A strong winter storm brought heavy snow to parts of the Southeast on Sunday and was expected to leave about a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers as dangerous ice coated highways in the Carolinas.

In the South, where some governors declared states of emergency on Friday, areas such as central Mississippi and central North Carolina had already received more than nine inches of snow, while portions of Alabama and Tennessee had a mixture of snow and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.

“This storm is going to be pretty significant in terms of generating travel impacts, outages and things of that nature,” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.

In Georgia, about 46,000 customers were without power on Sunday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates data from utilities across the United States. South Carolina had nearly 78,000 customers without power, and North Carolina had about 86,000.

More than a quarter-inch of ice was expected to accumulate in the Piedmont regions of North and South Carolina on Sunday.

Forecasters said the storm system could bring more than a foot of snow to some areas, including parts of the Appalachians and upstate New York. Parts of the upper Midwest and northwest Pennsylvania could get up to two feet of snow, Mr. Otto said.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned residents at a news conference on Sunday to stay off the roads because parts of the state had received up to a foot of snow.

“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put,” he said.

As of Sunday morning, there were already 200 reports of crashes as a result of the storm, said Col. Freddy Johnson Jr., the commander of the State Highway Patrol.

“Travel is treacherous across much of our state,” Colonel Johnson said.

The North Carolina officials said on Twitter that “many North Carolinians could be without power in extremely low temperatures” on Sunday. Mr. Cooper said several counties were opening warming shelters.

The storm system also spawned at least one tornado in southwestern Florida on Sunday morning, the Weather Service said. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, local officials said, but there was widespread damage, especially to mobile home parks in the Iona McGregor area of Fort Myers, Fla., officials said. About 200 people were displaced.

Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Tampa, Fla., said it is common for winter storm systems to cause “severe weather outbreaks” in the South.

As the storm moved toward the Northeast on Sunday afternoon, it was expected to remain inland, meaning cities closer to the coast, from Washington to Boston, will primarily receive heavy rain, Mr. Otto said.

Significant flooding was possible in parts of eastern Long Island and coastal New England on Sunday night and into Monday morning, he said.

Ben Gelber, a meteorologist at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, said on Saturday that “more people will be impacted by this storm than any winter storm we’ve had this season.”

By Sunday morning, more than 1,000 flights had been canceled in the affected states, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks delays and cancellations across the country.

Elsewhere in the South, northeastern Georgia and the Carolinas were expected to bear the brunt of freezing precipitation on Sunday, meteorologists said.

In Georgia, the Department of Public Safety reported several examples of drivers losing control on icy roadways, and officials said that road conditions would worsen through the day as strong wind gusts battered the state, hindering efforts to clear the highways.

Crews in South Carolina and Mississippi were also working on Sunday morning to clear highways. Videos shared by the states’ transportation departments showed highways that were covered by snow and almost entirely clear of vehicles.

On Friday, Gov. Ralph S. Northam of Virginia and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia joined Mr. Cooper by declaring states of emergency.

Virginia transportation officials were caught off guard this month when a storm stranded hundreds of drivers on Interstate 95 south of Washington.

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York said at a news conference on Sunday that snow could fall in parts of upstate New York at a rate of three inches an hour on Sunday evening.

“Overnight is going to be very unpredictable,” she said, “and with the darkness and ice on the roads and high winds, this could be a very dangerous situation.”

Grace Ashford contributed reporting.





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Sunday snow updates: Asheville City snow plowing focuses on primary roads, urges people to limit travel.


City of Asheville staff are actively working in snow response mode.  All 24-hour services including the Police, Fire and Water Departments are fully staffed and prepared to respond as needed.

Public Works is currently focusing on plowing our priority 1 streets. Primary roads have to be the priority for snow removal to ensure they are passable for our emergency responders. Here is a link to the City’s snow removal priority map.

We ask that the community limit travel and stay off of the road during snow events if possible.

A reminder that City garages in the Central Business District are now free to the public.  The gates will remain up until the completion of the storm

The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely helpful to our ability to clear streets more efficiently.

 

UPDATE:  ART bus service suspended and Parks and Rec facilities closed on Sunday Jan. 16. Parking garages open and free to public.
Posted: Jan. 15 @ 6:00 p.m. 

  • Due to the expected snow, there will be no ART bus service on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
  • All City Parks and Recreation community centers will be closed on Sunday, January 15.
    During the next few days, some services at parks such as restrooms and parking lots may be unavailable as crews work to reopen facilities.
  • City garages in the Central Business District are now free to the public.  The gates will remain up until the completion of the storm
    The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely helpful to our ability to clear streets more efficiently.

 

UPDATE: Parks facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 15
Posted: Jan. 14 @ 3:30 p.m. 

All City parks, community centers, and recreation facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, in an effort to keep our community safe and mitigate the chances of someone getting stranded.

 

UPDATE: MLK, Jr. Day of Service event canceled
Posted: Jan. 14 @ 11:20 a.m. 

The MLK Jr. Day of Service in Burton Street Community scheduled for Monday, January 17, has been canceled. Keep an eye on Asheville Parks & Recreation websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for  the latest updates.

 

Snow Preparation
Posted: Jan. 13 @ 3:30 p.m.

Asheville Public Works trucks have already begun pre-treating streets in Asheville with salt brine as the City prepares for oncoming snow.

The National Weather Service   has now issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area starting 6pm Saturday.  The Weather Service’s website says: “Precipitation may begin as early as Saturday afternoon across parts of the mountains, eventually falling as mostly snow and increasing in coverage and intensity late Saturday night. Widespread black ice should be expected Monday morning, and may be a concern into the middle of the week.”

The Public Works Department continues its proactive approach to this forecast.  Pre-treatment of sidewalk areas bordering City property is also taking place. This includes, but is not limited to: City Hall,  the Municipal Building housing first responders, Pack Square, Pritchard Park and Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville.

“Our staff is steadily preparing our equipment to begin snow removal operations when needed,” said Public Works Director Greg Shuler. “We have plenty of salt, our staffing levels are in good shape, and our equipment is ready to go.”

Street crews are scheduled to report as the predicted storm moves in Saturday  and will be prepping and plowing streets as conditions require. Staffing will continue on a 24-hour basis throughout the storm event.

 

Please clear the streets so snow plows can get through

The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely helpful to our
ability to clear streets more efficiently.

City garages in the Central Business District will be opened to the public free, likely around 5 p.m., depending on when the snow moves in. This is in effort to  allow salting and snow plows clear access. Everyone is asked to please ensure their vehicles are off the streets so our teams are able to continually clear roadways of snow build up or other weather related hazards.

For everyone’s safety, please limit travel and stay off the road during snow events if possible. Hazardous travel conditions could continue through Monday.

Clearing Priority One streets first 

Once snow starts, City Streets crews will stay on the job around the clock as needed, to remove any accumulating snow, first from our priority one streets, then moving into secondary / neighborhood streets as the priority routes are cleared. Priority one roads are major routes needed for emergency response as well as streets where ART bus routes run. Streets crews will also remove snow on sidewalks in front of City-owned property. 

The City’s Snow Mapper shows which roads are priority one.

The City of Asheville maintains approximately 4oo miles of roads, which translates into 805 lane miles. During snow events, Public Works removes snow from 180 centerline miles of priority one streets, 318 centerline miles of priority two streets, which adds up to about 400 miles, including 87 miles of NCDOT-maintained roads.

 

In case of power outages and downed trees

Duke Energy will provide additional updates once storms move out of the area and damage assessment is underway. See the outage map at www.duke-energy.com/outages.

To receive the most up-to-date information about restoration efforts by enrolling in Outage Alerts. If customers lose power, they can text OUT to 57801, report online, or call 800-419-6356.

 

Duke Energy warns people to stay away from downed power lines.

If a you encounter a fallen or leaning tree resting on a power line, call Duke Energy Progress at 1-800-419-6356 or 1-800-452-2777.

For a downed tree not involving power lines, blocking a road in the City limits, call Asheville Public Works at 828-259-5852.

 

Pulling together as a community

We want to encourage everyone in our community to prepare personally and come together to look after their neighbors as well.

If you have regular medical appointments critical to your health, then please make sure you have a snow plan in case travel becomes hazardous. In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For information on available resources call 2-1-1.

 

 





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Winter alerts in effect; Snow to cause travel impacts starting Sunday night into Monday


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hard to believe a winter storm system is on its way to Northeast Ohio with the clear skies we saw on Saturday and will see through the day on Sunday.

Here is the timeline through the rest of the weekend:

Sunday starts off and stays dry.

Wake up temperatures will sink into the single digits for many early Sunday morning.

The system snow arrives late Sunday night from the south, mainly after 8 PM.

Areas south of Cleveland will see the biggest impacts overnight into early Monday morning.

The higher snow totals will be east and along the I-71 corridor, with the heaviest snow expected east of the I-77 corridor.

Regardless, snow will still be falling in these areas come Monday morning, so expect snow-covered roads and slick travel during the Monday morning commute.

The second part of the ALERT will be lake effect snow picking up and continuing through the afternoon Monday.

This is where we could pick up and additional 4-8″ in the snowbelt where snow squalls persist.

This could lead to travel impacts during the evening commute as well.

A few lake effect snow bands will linger through the first half of the day Tuesday.

This is a complicated and evolving system. Stay with the 19 First Alert Team for the latest updates.

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Heavy Snow in Midwest Slows Travel, Closes Scores of Schools | Iowa News


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow spread Friday across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois, where forecasters were expecting up to 10 inches (24 centimeters) of fresh snow.

“This snow will combine with gusty winds to produce slippery, snow covered roads and significantly reduced visibility,” the Weather Service said on Twitter. “Travel will likely become hazardous to dangerous at times.”

The fast-moving storm may make travel difficult across parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest into the Mid-Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning, forecasters said.

Several southern states along with portions of the Northeast were bracing for the possibility of snow and ice over the weekend.

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In the Midwest, Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions and delays Friday and Saturday at airports in St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

“The duration of snowfall is likely to be from 14 to 20 hours in most locations which should allow for widespread accumulation of over 4 inches and some locations exceeding 8 or more inches,” the weather service in Des Moines said.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 near Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota reported that the road had packed ice and snow, with driving speeds Friday morning down to about 45 mph (72 kph) or slower.

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