By Steven Gaither, Web Producer/Digital Journalist - email
Charlotte officials and Mecklenburg County leaders joined together on Tuesday afternoon to update citizens on how their entities will respond to impending winter weather. City Manager Ron Carlee was optimistic, but cautious when advising the public.
“We expect our roads are going to get fairly treacherous,” he said. “Stay off the road if you can.”
Earlier in the day, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said that the decision to close schools two hours early was a difficult one, as always.
“When it comes to having to decide…it’s a very challenging decision,” Morrison said. “We always want to try to keep the students in school, learning.”
Morrison said he hoped school officials would be able to determine a course of action at some point Tuesday night.
“If weather predictions hold up, we’ll try to make a call this evening,” he said. “We will make a decision no later than 5 AM tomorrow. It’s our hope and expectation to try to make that call this evening.”
Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio announced that courts and county services will not close, but libraries will close at 4 p.m. She also said there would be a warming center for the homeless.
Carolyn Flowers of CATs said that all vehicles will operate as normal for now, however, depending on how severe weather gets, that could change.
Carlee admitted that making decisions on weather predictions is no exact science.
“We’re guessing, but we’re guessing as early as possible,” City Manager Ron Carlee told members of the media.
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