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NCDOT crews in some regions already battling latest massive winter storm

Other area crews in ready mode

From Manteo to Murphy, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are either clearing snow or getting ready to battle this historic storm that is expected to dump significant amounts of snow, ice and/or a wintry mix statewide.

In the southwest portion of the state, crews have already begun to clear the heavy snow that started to fall in the last 24 hours.   Early reports indicate the roads there are in good shape, thanks to the brining that took place over the last two to three days coupled with the current plowing efforts.

In Western N.C. – snow has started to fall but roads are in good shape due to the anti-icing measures that took place since Monday.

In Central  N. C. – the roads are clear and brined and crews are ready to plow once the storm hits later today.

In Eastern N.C. – some precipitation has started to fall, but there’s no impact on the roads, as of yet.

The major concern to motorists will be when the transition takes place from snow to ice or a wintry mix.  According to the National Weather Service, that will affect the state this afternoon at staggered times, depending on the region.

With ice predicted to be a major hazard with this storm, NCDOT officials also warn citizens of the dangers of fallen power lines and trees.   They ask residents to call 9-1-1 to report the downed lines and the NCDOT will take care of the fallen trees or limbs.

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. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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

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