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Crews in Western NC Mountains Continue Road Clearing Efforts

NCDOT crews are working Wednesday to clear roads of snow and ice.

NCDOT crews are working Wednesday to clear roads of snow and ice.

No plans for additional employees, resources to travel to NC coast

N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working today to remove snow and ice from the western mountains region after several inches of snow blanketed the region overnight.

Snowfall in Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, ranged from 2-4 inches. Crews will continue clearing primary roads and are expected to begin clearing secondary roads today.

Eighty-two trucks and 246 employees remain in Division 14 to continue de-icing operations until roads are clear.

About 10 percent of Division 14’s resources arrived in Greenville at 3 a.m. today to assist with snow and ice removal. There are currently no plans to send additional crews to eastern North Carolina, and Division 14’s crews are expected to return late Friday.

NCDOT reminds motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather:

• Clear windows and mirrors;

• Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;

• Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary;

• If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car;

• Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop;

• If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement in the event of an emergency by dialing 911; and

• Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.

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Posted in NC-Cherokee County, NC-Clay County, NC-Graham County, NC-Macon County, NC-Swain County, Regional News

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