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Snow tapers off but overnight refreeze will make roads hazardous in Charlotte region

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Watch snow fall softly in uptown Charlotte Dec. 9, 2018.
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Watch snow fall softly in uptown Charlotte Dec. 9, 2018.

A departing winter storm that dumped up to 34 inches of snow on western North Carolina will pose driving hazards in the Charlotte area Tuesday morning.

Tuesday will climb to a high of 42 degrees under sunny skies, but the overnight low Monday will plunge to 26 degrees. That means black ice will be a risk even on roads that have been cleared of snow.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools were closed Monday for students and staff, but will reopen Tuesday with a two-hour delay.

UNC Charlotte canceled all classes before noon Monday, and said it would reschedule final exams that were to have taken place before noon. Offices of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County closed Monday, and city council’s scheduled meetings were postponed. On Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center will open at 10 a.m. and city council committee meetings will take place on schedule.

The National Weather Service reported 34 inches of snow from the storm near the Yancey County community of Busick, the weather service said. Little Switzerland, in McDowell County, recorded 22 inches and the Polk County town of Saluda 21.9 inches.

Mecklenburg County got 1 to 4 inches of snow and sleet. Medic reported responding to only 10 traffic accidents by 2 p.m. Monday, indicating many drivers stayed off the roads.

Less than 10,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in Mecklenburg County at 7:30 p.m., the utility reported, but surrounding counties reported only a few hundred outages. More than 90,000 customers of Duke and electric cooperatives were without power across the state earlier in the afternoon.

A tree fell on a vehicle in Mathews on Sunday afternoon, killing one person, police there said. Three Charlotte men were found dead Saturday in a York, S.C., house that had high levels of carbon monoxide and a generator inside, the coroner’s office said.

In Bessemer City, three horses were killed at Sunnyside Farms Arena when an arena collapsed due to the storm, according to the farm’s Facebook page. The horses – Honey, Peyton and Babydoll – were “pets that we loved and will miss daily,” according to the Facebook post.

At 3:30 p.m., the flight tracking site FlightAware.com reported 383 cancellations Monday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Around 4:30 p.m., the airport announced that it was no longer deicing planes and most airlines were resuming full operations.

Steve Lyttle contributed.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051; @bhender
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