Sun helping to clear snow, sleet
In high-traffic areas and on the interstates, traffic was flowing normally across central North Carolina on Monday as the sun melted some of the ice left by Saturday's storm.Posted — Updated
By 5 p.m., Interstate 95 was clear and the streets and parking lots in downtown Fayetteville were dry.
Furman Howell and his crew scraped and shoveled through the morning on Hay Street, trying to prevent slips and falls.
On nearby Rowan Street, Don Kaminska says he and his family were stuck. With all of the ice, their steep driveway became a slide, too hazardous to drive down. So to get groceries and toilet paper, Kaminska said, his family slid down the driveway.
Some local routes, access ramps and bridges remain slick. Any spots that don't dry will be subject to another round of re-freezing Monday night, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
North Carolina Department of Transportation urged motorists to stay off the roads Monday so that workers could continue to clear the snow, sleet and ice that fell over 24 hours across the state.
State Department of Transportation engineer Jason Holmes said the combination of precipitation that packed on the roadways will make it "very difficult" to break loose from the pavement."
Gov. Bev Perdue urged people to "stay home and stay safe" for another day to let road crews continue to keep clearing the roads.
School officials took the message to heart. Wake, Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Franklin and Orange county school systems, among others, were all closed Monday.
Triangle Transit not servicing some areas Monday
Triangle Transit began bus service at 7 a.m. Monday. However, due to unsafe road conditions, it will be unable to serve portions of most bus routes:
The 102 route will not serve Jones Sausage Road (ConAgra Foods).
The 105 route will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride, located at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads, and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road.
The 201 route will not serve Pleasant Valley Drive (Golds Gym) or Townridge Shopping Center. The bus will stay on Millbrook Road to Glenwood Avenue. Riders can get on the bus at the stop on Glenwood Avnue (in front of McDonald’s).
The 301 route will not serve Donaldson Nottingham drives. Riders can get on/off the bus at either Walnut Street or Buck Jones Road.
The 305 route will not serve Edinburgh Drive. Instead, the bus will travel on U.S. Highway 64 between Lake Pine Plaza and Tryon Road.
The 311 route will not serve Hunter Street and Old Raleigh Road in Apex. The bus will travel on U.S. Highway 64 between Galaxy Foods and Lake Pine Plaza.
The 402 route will not serve any stops between downtown Durham and RTP. This includes all stops on South Roxboro Street, Lawson Street (NCCU / Durham Tech), Cornwallis Road and Davis Drive.
The 403 route will not serve any stops between downtown Durham and RTP. This includes all stops on South Roxboro Street, Lawson Street (NCCU / Durham Tech), Cornwallis Road, and Davis Drive.
The 412 route will not serve Davis Drive and Cornwallis Road.
The 413 route will not serve any stops in the South Square Area. This includes all stops on Westgate Drive, University Drive, Old Chapel Hill Road, and Southwest Durham Parkway. The bus will stay on U.S. Highway 15-501 from Cameron Avenue, all the way to New Hope Commons.
The 500/550 express routes will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride, located at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Trinity Road, and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road. In addition, the 500/550 express routes will not serve stops on Faircloth Road (Meredith College), nor will it serve the Eubanks Park-and-Ride in Chapel Hill.
The 600/650 express routes will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Trinity Road and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road. In addition, the 600/650 express routes will not serve stops on Faircloth Road at Meredith College.
The shuttle 47 will not serve N.C. Highway 54, Alexander Drive or Cornwallis Road. The shuttle will provide drop-off only service to the RTI area of Cornwallis Road.
The a.m. shuttle 49 will not operate.
670 Route - 9:40 p.m. departure from Wilmington St at Martin St to Durham
Triangle Transit encourages riders to be extra cautious when boarding and alighting vehicles as many area sidewalks and roadways remain slippery. Customers may experience significant delays as road conditions dictate the ability of drivers to maneuver their vehicles.
Visit triangletransit.org or gotriangle.org for the latest updates; or call 919-485-RIDE (7433), but be prepared for extremely long wait times as they anticipate a high-call volume.