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NCDOT Crews Battle Extreme Cold to Clear Roads

NCDOTThe N.C. Department of Transportation’s snow and ice removal efforts went smoothly last night, despite arctic temperatures throughout the mountains and foothills.

Temperatures overnight in some mountain counties reached 14 degrees below zero with wind at 20 mph. A few counties reported minor technical difficulties when equipment froze because of the extreme cold, but those issues didn’t significantly impact snow removal.

Most interstates in the region are clear, but as temperatures stay below freezing today, icy patches are possible. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and look out for any NCDOT crews working along the roads.

Here’s some information on road conditions throughout the western region:

Division 14 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties):

Conditions across the Division 14 range from no snow in several counties to snow showers over a period of 29 hours along the Tennessee border. Across the division, interstates are open and primary highways are mostly clear.

There was no snow in Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties. Macon, Clay, Jackson, and Swain counties received some snow, and crews in those counties have already finished clearing the roads.

Cherokee, Graham, and Haywood counties received the most snowfall.  Crews will finish clearing secondary roads in those counties today.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” 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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