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the mayor who wants his town to split from cms. >> john: thank you for waking up with wbtv news this morning, it is now 5:30 i'm john carter. >> christine: i'm christine sperow, good morning, on your side with school closings this morning. avery, mitchell and watauga county schools are closed today. here are the delays. ashe county schools on three-hour delay. alleghany county on two-hour delay. you can find the full list at let's go to meteorologist al conklin, al you called it you said more districts would be calling in. adding to the list. >> al: i'm surprised about the delays, they may be buying time because it is brutal in the mountains right now. 40 to 50 mile per hour gusts and snow that pours down. dangerous wind chills. this is center city charlotte from the central piedmont community college camera looking back toward the west, it is being buffeted by still gusty winds. right now the wind gusts are close to 50 in boone, 22 here in
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right now in monroe. we will be in the 20 to 30 mile per hour range most of the day. 41 charlotte, 29 much colder in boone, talk about consistency, hickory, gastonia, salisbury, monroe, rock hill at 41. we'll go from the low 40s to the mid 50s this afternoon. wind gusts with us throughout the day under partly sunny skies, heading to the ciaa games tonight out at the arena, tip-off temperature, 39 degrees, keep in mind funneling effect of the wind in town, through the tall towers, will likely feel colder with gusty winds around this evening. weekend forecast, temperatures going up, i think you'll like it, i'll have details in a few minutes. right now check in with chris, first alert traffic. >> chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored by toyota of north charlotte. starting out with an accident up in huntersville, this is mccoy at kinsey avenue, just down to the south of gilead road, keep that in mind if that is part of your morning travel plan. live at independence expressway,
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volume light here on the expressway this morning. current check of drive times, 21 minutes from rock hill, 65 miles an hour, concord to center city running 18 minutes. and lake norman southbound at 15 minutes, average speed of 67 miles an hour. looking at the charlotte area in total, 485, 77, 85, no significant problems. we're seeing a few delays along independence boulevard both inbound and outbound. and as we swing in toward center city, this is one of the places where we had trees down yesterday afternoon. and queens road continues to be partially blocked at henley place because one of those massive old trees has fallen across the road, they are working to clean that up. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. >> christine: chris, thank you. this morning thousands of ke energy customer in our area still without power. our ashton pellom spending the morning with crews as they try to clean up the damage from yesterday's storms. so ashton, it has been quite a
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out there, huh? >> reporter: that is exactly right, christine. as you can see behind me i'm on oak drive you can see the tree is still down in the road, crews aren't actively out here, they came out at one point in the night to put the barricades up and are waiting to get more crews back out here to restore that power line that you can see right there. i'll zoom in with the camera. that cord wrapped around the tree and the line is still down in the middle of the street here on oak drive. you can see right there the power line still in the middle of the street and barricades up right now. crews have had their hands full since yesterday, one contractor for duke energy telling me that some of those workers have actually exceeded their daily work limits so they had to call some of them back or go home because they exceeded their hours. one telling me he worked 16 hours between yesterday and today, so they still have a lot of mess to clean up, check
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blocks, they say they have a handful of active road blocks right now but there is more around the city i've been driving around, a lot of scenes like this, may have left that scene, police have and set up barricades and what-not but there are trees and debris down around the city. if you have to drive be careful around the parts, especially the secondary roads and roads that also have a lot of trees in the neighborhoods. be careful, there are a lot of debris down, the lights are still off in a couple neighborhoods. duke will have their hands full, so i hope that you can practice patience and understanding that there is a lot of power out here around the city, a lot of trees still down, they are working to get those, that power restored and hopefully your power can be restored relatively soon. we'll keep you updated throughout the morning. reporting in charlotte, ashton pellom, wbtv on your side. >> john: 5:36, go over to
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update on power outages in the area. she is live in the alert center. >> kristen: three things to tell you about. power outage update you were mentioning the duke outage map, unfortunately, not a lot of change in the charlotte area and slightly beyond. still thousands and thousands of people without power this morning. so there could be issues for some folks getting up and get ready to get out the door. look at video we got the video in, storm damage in new york and new jersey areas, they of course got hit after we did yesterday. and they dealt with a lot of rain, a lot of wind and take a close look at thisth taxi cab, the window is busted right out. one more thing to show you before i send it back to you, a live picture, i believe we can take from the chicago area. this is a live picture of storm camera driving around so that you can see the wet and messy roads in the chicago area, you can see snow there as well. just a weather story across the nation today, a lot of clean-up
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new rounds of weather, back to you. >> christine: new this morning, charlotte-mecklenburg school officials have released a list of the new construction projects for the school. according to our news partners at the charlotte observer, school board members want to build a new home for collinswood language academy and build two new elementary schools, two new k-lek-8 schools and high schools. ann clark hopes commissioners will put a bond referendum this november. the mayor of one time said it is time to split from charlotte-mecklenburg schools. matthews mayor jim taylor tweeting this yesterday, saying he wants town officials to look at ways hehe will create a task force to look at breaking away from cms in order to protect neighborhood schools. >> john: ciaa fans will pack the charlotte convention center today for fan fest. the festival runs today through saturday you can see the times here on the screen.
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tonight also a legends of hip hop concert at charlotte convention center. >> christine: a live look at the commute, 5:38, you don't have to deal with any rainfall unlike how it was yesterday, this stretch of independence boulevard looking really great this morning. this area gets backed up a lot so keep it on wbtv we'll let you know when problems arise and as we have been telling you watch for debris in the road still as crews are are working to clean things up from yesterday's storms. remember, you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. here is meteorologist al conklin. >> al: thanks a lot, christine. the big story obviously that is we're getting snow in the mountains and everybody is getting wind yet again this morning. take a look at it wind gusts close to 50 miles per hour in boone. between 20-30 miles per hour across most of the piedmont. and our wind gusts will remain on the high side through the day today. this is noon, still in the 40s near 50 in the mountains, 25 to 30 through the piedmont including charlotte metro area,
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they are getting snow up in the mountains this morning but of course here it is partly sunny skies, numale fishing forecast, 42 this morning, 51 at noon and 56 this afternoon. the winds will be howling. three hour delay in ashe county that is where the picture comes from, our big catch is matthew shepherd with one of the must keys he pulledmuskies. it is back in the river. folks, i need your pictures, email them to me at we'll be in the seasonal 50s the next three days and wind will slacken off. wait until you see the forecast from sunday on, though, i'll have the details in the seven day planner in a couple minutes. christine, back to you. >> christine: looking forward to that, al. tired of watching all the presidential candidates bickering back and forth? >> john: what one airline is doing to encourage people to reach across the aisle.
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>> john: now 17 minutes before 6:00. jet blue decided to call attention to the partisanship in politics by asking passengers to literally reach across the aisle. >> i know you can do this we need to make compromises here, make sacrifices. >> christine: jet blue promising an airplane full of passengers a free round trip ticket, but there was a catch. they had to unanimously decide on a destination. it took campaigning from passengers but all 150 agreed to go to costa rica. how hard was that.
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going to toledo in february. >> christine: let's vote on that. >> al: any empty seats we'll join them. 5:44, snow that continues to fall in the mountains that and the wind for all of us is going to be the weather headlines for today. today is the transition day. yesterday, 72 degrees with all the stormy weather, now in the 50s today and we will hold there for a couple days but have to deal with the wind today, then once the low gets shoved farther north it will relax a little bit and our winds will die down even as we go through the day. will take all day for that to happen. there is the upper level low, look at the snow flying up to duluth or toledo chicago, check ahead there is rain. boston, hartford, providence. for our counties, all snow in the mountain, temperatures below freezing. 29 in boone right now, windchill factor is at 12 degrees. winter weather advisory in effect until 7:00 tomorrow
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the snow will continue today and gradually taper off through the night tonight. three to five inches of snow falls in the high country. high country highest elevations on the tennessee line the five inches, if you're in boone, two to three inches. may be very difficult to measure that for all the blowing out there. those wind gusts up around 50 miles per hour. currently in charlotte, 41, sustained winds at 13. gusts up to 26 right now in the queen city. we will be in the area most of the day today. close to freezing, below that in boone with snow, 41 morganton, hickory, down to rock hill, salisbury, concord, albermarle, 39 right now in lincolnton. snow showers in the mountains, your temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s. strong winds, partly sunny skies, couldn't rule out a flurry or sprinkle, i don't think very much around lenoir, taylorsville or morganton, should be a quieter day than yesterday. 56 statesville, mooresville
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albermarle, 58 in wadesboro. take you south in lancaster, rock hill, chester, mid to upper 50s today with mostly sunny skies, sun-up, before 7:00 now, 57 is the normal high, just a little shy of that, the sun will set this evening at quarter after 6:00. should be a decent amount of sunshine today, few clouds mixing in. 31 for tonight, outlying areas colder, much less wind tomorrow, 53, 55 saturday but look at this, 66 sunday, both days of the weekend are pretty, this one is 10, 12 degrees warmer that will carry us in next week, 70 wednesday, get rain if not wednesday night then thursday. that is the seven day forecast, check in with chris, first alert traffic. >> chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored by toyota of north charlotte. new injury accident on wilkinson boulevard, over by charlotte douglas international airport. that is wilkinson at harley avenue, just in, not seeing any delays yet but emergency crews still working their way to the scene this morning.
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independence expressway from briar creek, that is folks heading in toward center city with the headlights coming toward you this morning. looking at the wide regional view here, 321 from lincolnton to york, no problems, rock hill, 77, 521, from van wyck in toward the ballantyne area, primarily running in the green, clear creek looks good as well. charlotte area, most of the majors are running in the green this morning, let's take a quick check of drive times, matthews to center city, 12 minutes, 51 miles an hour. providence road from the arboretum, 15 minute commute and concord to center city, running 20 minutes, 67 miles an hour. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. >> john: thanks, chris. cold and flu season has many of us coughing. but have you ever wondered exactly what your cough means? there is a meaning, all new in the 6:30 half hour, all new, on your side taking a closer look. >> christine: and kristen
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center getting you headlines first as news is coming in to our newsroom, she is following
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we'll check in with her at you're planning your day with wbtv news this morning. >> christine: welcome back, nine >> john: go over to kristen miranda with new details on a major protest happening at a university in south africa. pictures. look at apple tv look at the building. this is an administration africa. university campus. that school is being evacuated this morning, shut indefinitely, the students are torching
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administration building, a spokesperson for northwest university said that an administration block that included a science center burned down late last night in the morning. student protesters burning the residence of a dormitory supervisor. this university will be shut indefinitely. the violence started after a student council meeting was disrupted by protesters, the situation escalated, private security guards tried to disburse the crowd, seeing a lot of images that show students injured after clashes with police. a big mess on the university campus, no one that we have heard seriously injured yet, if anything develops, i'll let you know. >> christine: the flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. preliminary data suggests it is 59% effective. that is a big improvement from last winter when it was less than 20% effective.
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year is a good match to the strains making people sick. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. will we see a roller coaster of temperature as we move closer to the weekend? here is meteorologist al conklin. >> al: we will see a roller coaster but first things first, after the storms check out the picture from steve rankin well-known photographer in gaston county, gives us a lot of pictures out of mcadenville and up toward avery county, up at sugar mountain a lot. that is incredible. passed. in belmont you're just above the freezing mark right now, you have partly cloudy condition, dry conditions but the wind is blowing. 41 in charlotte right now, but as i mentioned belmont at 34, it is 40 around belmont, tega cay, mountain island lake, 42 cornelius, 34 harrisburg. 42 around stallings and indian trail. north you're below freezing in boone with snow that continues to blow, 41 morganton, 40
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concord. today, partly to mostly sunny skies, wind howling, 42 this morning. near 50 lunch time, 56 this afternoon. close to average this time of the year, you want above average stick around in the seven day forecast, i'll have that starting at 6:00. right now check in with chris, first alert traffic. >> chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored by toyota of north charlotte. again we're following this injury accident on wilkinson boulevard, so wilkinson at harley avenue off josh birmingham parkway, not seeing significant delays of yet so we'll keep an eye on that. looking live at independence expressway from briar creek, volume inbound toward the city is beginning to pick up this morning. if you're traveling 321, no problems, 601 out to the east no problems there and closer in the charlotte area, most of our major interstates are still running in the green this morning. that's a check of traffic, christine, back over to you. >> christine: thank you, chris.
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coverage of the damage left behind by severe weather, there is more to see. >> john: mark davenport and ashton pellom are live with some of the trouble spots left behind by downed trees and power lines and kristen miranda live in the alert center tracking thousands area. >> christine: al conklin in the first alert weather center tracking light snow in the mountains this morning. you're watching wbtv news this morning, we'll get you caught up
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boone courtesy of, where the snow is coming down. meteorologist al conklin tracking how much could fall in the mountains. >> john: severe weather brought down trees, branches and power lines across the area. a live look at queens road one of several roads that remains blocked this morning. ashton pellom and mark davenport will join us live with a check of trouble spots we found overnight. kristen miranda live in the alert center. >> kristen: john, keeping an eye on the power outage numbers for you. show you the numbers for some folks better, for some folks staying the same i'll get you caught up from the alert center. >> john: good morning, welcome to wbtv news this morning on thursday, february 25th, 6:00 a.m., i'm john carter. >> christine: glad you're watching i'm christine sperow. several school closures and delays for this morning. avery mitchell and watauga county schools are closed. and these are the delays. ashe county schools on three-hour delay. alleghany on two-hour delay. let's begin our team weather
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experienced morning meteorologist, al conklin. >> al: near blizzard conditions in the mountains, we'll talk about the mountains this morning, right now we'll talk more about the wind. here in charlotte we have wind that is blowing. you can see partly cloudy skies metro school camera in center city. but the trees are still russelling, wind gusts 20 miles per hour. 20 to 25 in the piedmont. boone gusting to 50 miles per hour. in the mountains you stay in the upper 40s near 50. rest of us 25 to 30 mile per hour winds, still very windy and likely to be other trees and power lines that come down through the day today. the winds will die down as we go in the evening hours. our forecast, 41 charlotte right now, we will stay close to that here at daybreak,42, at 8:00. a lot of wind through the day. snow tips in the mountains, that part of the forecast plus the seven day forecast in a few minutes.
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outbound lanes of queens road remain blocked because of a fallen tree near edge hill park and east morehead street. mark davenport is live at the scene this morning watching for any progress because a lot of people travel queens road, mark, is there any word when that scene will be cleared? >> reporter: christine, still no word right now from crews that will be coming out at some point this morning to cut up the huge tree behind me here on queens road. the southbound lanes, both of them are blocked right now. northbound lanes heading in the city they are wide open so you will be okay if you're heading in uptown charlotte. southbound you won't be in the same luck. this tree is a monster. came dup yesterday with allcame down yesterday with the high winds yesterday. the root ball is massive. one of the biggest trees i think fell in the charlotte area. i saw a bunch of picture, viewers sent in picture, but this one seems to be the


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