'Plows, Salt Trucks Working Around A Graveyard Of Abandoned Cars'

Feb 13, 2014

'Icy trees are not good for power lines.'
Credit Lee J. Freedman (@leefreedman via Twitter)

Yesterday's winter storm slowed North Carolina to a halt. Most schools and many businesses have closed. The weather is crippling other infrastructure, too.

Snow turned to freezing rain, making for slippery roadways across North Carolina. Plows and salt trucks are working around a graveyard of abandoned cars this morning. Hundreds of cars got stuck on shoulders and ramps, and many drivers have set out for shelter on foot. Now, the National Guard is picking up stranded motorists and taking them to emergency shelters. People stuck in cars should be ready to accept rides.

Duke Energy is reporting about 3-thousand power outages. N-C  Association of Electric Cooperatives says more than 20-thousand customers in the southeast part of the state are without electricity.

More snow is expected this afternoon. A light dusting in most places, but up to 3 inches, north of I-64.