The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 30, 2014

Icy Stanly County roads lead to eight crashes, abandoned cars

By Ritchie E. Starnes, News Editor

Thursday, January 30, 2014 — Tuesday night’s coating of snow and ice, followed by plummeting temperatures left Stanly County roads a bit treacherous.

Various businesses and agencies as well as Stanly County Schools were closed Wednesday and dismissed early Tuesday due to inclement weather. The N.C. Highway Patrol advised motorists to stay off area roads, if possible.

That might explain the reasonably low number of wrecks caused by icy conditions. As of Wednesday afternoon, Albemarle police reported six weather-related crashes.

An N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman said Stanly County suffered only two wrecks related to weather, including one vehicle that overturned into a ditch. No one was hurt in either crash.

There were a number of calls to the Highway Patrol about cars abandoned on the shoulder or stuck along the roadside due to impassable conditions, a spokesman said.

Overall, the main roads remained mostly clear. Secondary roads, however, stayed covered with snow and ice as temperatures continued to hover around freezing throughout the day.

With temperatures expected to drop again overnight, many of those secondary roads, or less traveled, are expected to refreeze for Thursday, making driving treacherous in places.   

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