'All roads are terrible' in Gaston County due to snow

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Weather forecasters said it could happen — and it did.

Gaston County received about 3 inches of fluffy white stuff — otherwise known as snow overnight.

"All roads are terrible. Not just the side roads. All roads are terrible," said a Gaston Emergency Medical Services workers between calls. "We have a lot of roads just shut down."

No serious injuries had been reported due to the wrecks as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Gastonia Police had a simple message: "Please continue staying home if you can."

In a 16-hour time period, Gastonia Police responded to almost 50 calls related to either wrecks or stranded vehicles, the department reported around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Icy roads led to several wrecks in the area including this one on Redbud Drive Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2022.
Icy roads led to several wrecks in the area including this one on Redbud Drive Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2022.

To put that in comparison, Gastonia Police responded to about 70 calls in a 48-hour time period during last weekend's winter storm.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until around noon in Gaston County. Skies are sunny, but the high Saturday will just hit 40 degrees so some melting will occur.

Overnight temperatures will dip into the low 20s, which could make getting out early Sunday a bit more dangerous than usual. Sunday will again feature sunny skies and temperatures hitting 50 so expect an even bigger thaw before Monday comes.

You can reach Kevin Ellis at 704-869-1823 or email him at kellis@gastongazette.com.

This was the scene on U.S. 321 northbound near the Dallas exit on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Icy roads were the apparent blame for this tractor-trailer getting into a minor wreck.
This was the scene on U.S. 321 northbound near the Dallas exit on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Icy roads were the apparent blame for this tractor-trailer getting into a minor wreck.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Gastonia Police say stay home to avoid dangerous road conditions

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