Stranded Drivers Send Warning in Ice and Snow

CHARLOTTE, NC — NC Department of Transportation crews are clearing roads throughout the weekend.

Wreck after wreck, drivers were helpless against snow and ice.

“Be very careful,” said Christian Davala. “Just drive really careful because it’s pretty dangerous.”

WCCB Charlotte was with him and his family as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers arrived on the side of I-77 where his van was stuck in a ditch.

It was one of nearly 100 accidents CMPD responded to before 5:00 Friday evening.

The wait in freezing temperatures for a tow truck is up to an hour.

“We don’t want any cars out here on the side of road because it’s more dangerous for cars coming onto the highway,” said tow driver Earl Davis.

NC DOT is watching interstate cameras in the command center for trouble spots.

Nearly 150 plows and salt trucks will work interstates, highways and bridges throughout the weekend.

Neighborhood roads and side streets are taking a back seat for now.

Once ice has thawed under salt, NC DOT says the concern will be black ice.

“We can do our very best to keep the ice, keep the slush off the roads, but we’re fighting against mother nature and doing our best and can only do so much when it comes to the formation of black ice,” said NC DOT Spokesperson Jordan-Ashley Walker.