College basketball fans along Tobacco Road can't be too happy with Mother Nature right now.
Leading up to the first Duke-North Carolina game of the season, a winter storm has hit the state. Between the ice and the snow, drivers are having a hard time getting from place to place.
Update: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5:45 p.m. ET
InsideCarolina reported that the game has indeed been postponed due to inclement weather, but no makeup date has been announced:
It's official - tonight's game between UNC-Duke has been postponed.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 12, 2014
No makeup date has been scheduled at this time, per UNC. It will NOT be played tomm - Thurs, Feb. 13.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 12, 2014
Duke's bus was unable to get to their campus to pick up the team in time to make the trip to CH, according to UNC AD Bubba Cunningham.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 12, 2014
Makeup date announced: UNC-Duke will play on Feb 20— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 12, 2014
--End of Update--
Check out the scene on the highway near Chapel Hill, via the Greensboro News & Record's Mark Thompson:
People are abandoning cars on 54 about 2.5 miles from Smith Center. pic.twitter.com/MCCJJejQ84— Mark Thompson (@mthompsonNR) February 12, 2014
The Chapel Hill Police Department shared another picture of the roads:
Please don't leave home unless you have to. MLK and many other roads look like this. pic.twitter.com/epUVzzvt7n— Chapel Hill Police (@ChapelHillPD) February 12, 2014
Although earlier reports suggested that the game would still be played no matter what the conditions, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish recently reported that the latest installment of college basketball's greatest rivalry could be in jeopardy:
Officials are reconsidering whether to play the Duke-UNC game, a source told @CBSSports. “Sounds like it may be cancelled,” one source said.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 12, 2014
ABC 11's Mark Armstrong reported that the game is off, pending ACC approval:
From Duke staffer: 'Done deal' that game is off for tonight. Waiting for ACC approval.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) February 12, 2014
It's easy to see why the game may not happen on Wednesday after seeing the mess on the highway.
Earlier in the day, The Charlotte Observer's David Perlmutt reported that the Tar Heels are considering their options in order to make sure the Dean Dome is filled. They were reportedly considering the idea of letting anyone who showed up to the arena in to watch the game. North Carolina has done that before in the past.
This game has a lot of implications for both teams, but safety comes first.