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Latest Chatham County Weather Impact Updates Posted Here

Post Date:01/05/2018 12:02 PM


The Chatham County Council on Aging has received reports that many rural roads are still ice covered and temperatures will stay below freezing until around 11 am to noon.  Due to safety considerations, the Council is canceling its meal services on Monday, January 8. However, the  staff will be calling at-risk meal participants to see if they have immediate needs.

The court system, which is a state function, returns to normal operations on Monday.



All 12 Collection Centers in Chatham County will close at 5 PM today, Saturday and Sunday due to road conditions.

Cooperative Extension has cancelled its 4-H Winterfest event scheduled for this weekend, but participants have been contacted.  You can check any further updates from them at




Be aware that some spots around Chatham County offices and facilities, such as collection centers and libraries, are still icy. Be careful visiting any locations today. 

Any county services requiring site visits will be available on a limited basis due to the roads. This includes Environmental Health, Planning and Building Inspections, which will only make visit sites in areas with passable roads. They will be calling clients to reschedule visits that have to be cancelled.

The Public Health Department Clinic in Siler City has limited services today. Call 919-742-5641 in advance to make sure services needed are available.

Who will clear and treat our roads?

The answer may be disappointing to newcomers. County governments in North Carolina do not maintain nor treat icy or damaged roadways.  We do not even own equipment to do so. This role is unusual across the nation, but has been in place for decades. 

The vast majority of our roads and highways are maintained and treated by NC Department of Transportation.  A few streets in the towns are maintained by town governments.  Private roads are managed by the property owners rather than DOT or towns.  

While this system has many benefits, but a downside is that many rural roads are a lower priority than major arteries after storms lead to icy roads. These rural roads may be icy for days in frigid weather. 

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The Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro is open, but call ahead if you plan to visit the libraries in Goldston and Siler City.

The Animal Shelter west of Pittsboro is closed today and likely will be closed on Saturday too due to the icy road. Animal control officers are available for emergency calls only.

The Tax Office is open to accept payment of 2017 property taxes, which are due by 5 PM today. Here is link for more information on your options to pay the taxes, including online payments:  CLICK HERE:

As reported earlier, Senior Centers are open but have limited services. No meals are available at the centers and delivered meals are cancelled today.

The only Chatham County park open today is Northeast Park off Big Woods Road. The icy roads in the rural areas means that it is not safe to open the other parks. We will update later about parks open over the weekend.  The Parks & Recreation office in Pittsboro is open.

The Chatham County Center of Cooperative Extension has limited services today and will not be able to make farm visits. They will be rescheduled. Soil & Water Conservation will also not make site visits today, but will be open until 4:30 pm.

Chatham Transit is only able to provide dialysis transportation today and Saturday due to the roads.

Court sessions are cancelled today, but the Clerk of Superior Court office opened at 11 AM.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau office in Pittsboro is closed but is available by phone at 919.542.8296.

EARLY CLOSINGS: Some other county offices or facilities may close early today. We will update on this as soon as possible.

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