Freezing rain, sleet slicks county roads

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 05:36 PM

Problems on roadways, closings and electrical concerns turned up throughout the county Friday.

Around Friday afternoon, freezing rain and sleet had moved into the Union County area.

By around 1 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina Highway Patrol had responded to 12 weather related vehicle wrecks and multiple reports of vehicles in ditches since 7 a.m., First Sgt. M.R. Leach of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

“I have my second shift on standby,” Leach said Friday afternoon.

At that time, he hadn’t needed to call the second shift in to assist but they were available if needed, he said.

Some advice he had for people traveling during weather conditions like Friday’s were for people to only travel when necessary and if they have to travel, to remember to drive slowly, wear seatbelts and not speed, Leach said.

When it came to local schools, the commute of students to school went well though Union County Public Schools released students early due to the weather, Rob Jackson, a spokesperson for Union County Schools, said.

“There was some sleet and freezing rain in the north of the county in the New Salem area,” Jackson said.

They monitored the conditions around the northern areas of the county Friday morning to see if release schedules needed to be adjusted but as of later Friday morning and Friday afternoon, the school releases appeared to be going as planned, he said.

According to Monroe Police Department staff, as of about 2 p.m. Friday, there were a few minor wrecks, mostly fender-benders,   reported throughout Monroe along with reports of cars sliding and ice accumulating on some roads and bridges. Union County Sheriff’s Office staff also commented Friday afternoon that it was mostly minor wrecks officers had responded to throughout the day.

As of about 2 p.m. Friday, no power outages or concerns had been reported to Union Power, but crews continued to monitor forecasts and were prepared if the weather did lead to power outages, Carrie Cameron, a spokesperson for Union Power, said.