Roads turn to ice as Triangle braces for more snow - WNCT

Roads turn to ice as Triangle braces for more snow

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Traffic around the Triangle came to a halt on many roads Wednesday afternoon as the snows roared down into central North Carolina and left motorists stranded in brutal traffic.

The roads were clear of gridlock Wednesday night but a sheet of ice started forming over the snow that fell earlier in the day.

Officials are urging residents to stay off of the roads to avoid hazardous conditions and to allow crews to treat roads.

WNCN Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein said the Triangle could see another one to three inches of snow Thursday.

Wrecks abounded across the Triangle, many people gave up their cars to walk home, and viewers reached out to WNCN with stories of aggressive drivers going the wrong way on roads.

The City of Raleigh said it had 55 employees working 24 plows and spreaders throughout the city, Wednesday night. City of Raleigh staff also is working throughout the night to clear sidewalks and parking decks.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it has around 800 trucks working statewide to clear the roads.

Using cell phones became a frustrating experience for many, too, as the heavy phone use impacted cell performance.

Many motorists got out and helped shove other cars out of the way as familiar pathways like Glenwood Avenue, Interstate 40 and the Raleigh Beltline because vast parking lots of frustrated drivers.

At least 50s were left abandoned on Glenwood Avenue past Crabtree Valley Mall.

In Durham, there were 330 calls to 911 dispatchers between 2 and 3 p.m. and another 297 911 calls between 3 and 4 p.m. There were 12 traffic accidents by 4 p.m., Durham Police said.

The stunning gridlock reminded many of 2005, but with the important difference that many schools were out Wednesday so at least the roads were not jammed with school buses.

Traffic on I-40 eastbound between Davis Drive and Miami Boulevard was at a complete stop as of 1:50 p.m.

Roads as of 2 p.m.

Triangle roads at 2 p.m. Wednesday

Some around the Triangle even left their cars as they scrambled to get indoors.  The scene was suddenly reminiscent of the gridlock that hit Atlanta in the storm earlier this month.

WNCN reporter Jonathan Rodriguez, en route to Johnston County on I-40, said the heavy snow made it impossible to see where the lanes were.

Also in Durham County, there was stop and go traffic between Miami Boulevard and I-440 and stop and go traffic between the Durham Freeway and Highway 147.

Get up to the minute traffic reports here

In Wake County, traffic was slowed and often stopped across most major arteries.

Problems were so extensive in Chapel Hill that police said they would only respond to serious accidents and they asked motorists involved in minor accidents to just exchange information and contact police later.

 

 

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • Cary Police release sketch of man accused of sexual assault

    Cary Police release sketch of man accused of sexual assault

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:21:35 GMT
    Sketch of man accused of sexual assault in CarySketch of man accused of sexual assault in Cary
    Cary police have released a sketch of the man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman Saturday.At about 9 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Hawthorne at the Parkway complex in Cary, where the 20-year-old woman reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home, pulled up to her in the parking lot and warned her of damage to her vehicle.After thanking him she headed to her apartment, where the same man pushed her inside as she was unlocking the door.The suspect ...
    Cary police have released a sketch of the man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman Saturday.At about 9 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Hawthorne at the Parkway complex in Cary, where the 20-year-old woman reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home, pulled up to her in the parking lot and warned her of damage to her vehicle.After thanking him she headed to her apartment, where the same man pushed her inside as she was unlocking the door.The suspect ...
  • 2 more charged in Wake Forest kidnapping case

    2 more charged in Wake Forest kidnapping case

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:00:50 GMT
    Two more people have been charged in the case of Frank Janssen, who was kidnapped in Wake Forest.
    Two more people have been charged in the case of Frank Janssen, who was kidnapped in Wake Forest.
  • Committee weighs how to protect water in Jordan Lake

    Committee weighs how to protect water in Jordan Lake

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:35:09 GMT
    The threat of pollution in Jordan Lake has stirred up debate in the Triangle and the Triad.
    The threat of pollution in Jordan Lake has stirred up debate in the Triangle and the Triad.
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.