The Storm is Over; The Clean-up is Not
Digging out from the snow and ice continues across the Triad.
At the height of the storm, with road conditions at their worst, some drivers opted to abandon their vehicles rather that spend the night in them. And some of those vehicles, which drivers have not re-claimed, have caused hazards on roadways throughout the state. The Triangle is said to have seen the most abandoned cars, but there were some reported here in the Triad as well.
In a news conference on Thursday, Governor Pat McCrory said that generally what to do about towing those vehicles would be left up to local jurisdictions, but that the North Carolina Department of Transportation would get involved in towing them if it became necessary.
Friday morning, Winston-Salem Police released a statement saying that the city's primary roads are mostly clear with some patchy snow and ice. With the cold temperatures Thursday night, black ice had formed in many areas from standing water left behind by melting snow. Some secondary roads remain hazardous and some are almost impassable. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution on these roads and take alternate routes that include primary roadways if possible. Snow removal crews are continuing to work on the roads to improve their condition.
The storm also necessitated delay of trash pick-up in the major cities of the Triad. In Winston-Salem, garbage collection scheduled for Thursday February 13 and Friday the 14th, are postponed until Monday, February 17. Yard-waste cart collection for Thursday is also being postponed to Monday.
In Greensboro, residential trash collection and recycling services were canceled Thursday and Friday. Updated information on changes to city services and other storm-related information can be found on the City of Greensboro website.
The website for the city of High Point says solid waste collection will resume on Monday February 17th. In addition, Hi Tran and Dial-a-Lift services are not in operation today (Friday.)