Most secondary paved routes should be clear by this evening
N.C. Department of Transportation crews in the western mountains region continue to make progress on the region’s roads, with all secondary paved routes expected to be clear by this evening.
Interstates and primary roads throughout the division are clear, with some possible icy spots that froze overnight. WIth work on secondary pavement routes finished by 6 p.m., crews anticipate that secondary gravel roads should be cleared by early afternoon on Saturday.
Throughout the duration of this winter storm, Division 14 crews used 2,906 tons of salt, with more than 5,200 tons of salt remaining for the division to use as needed.
Although road conditions continue to improve, motorists should be aware of the potential for black ice to form. The division is anticipating another 2-4 inches of snow tonight in Graham, Swain and Haywood counties and trace amounts to 1 inch of snow in Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Jackson, and Transylvania Counties. No snow is expected overnight in Henderson or Polk Counties.
Division 14 has the necessary supplies, equipment and manpower to clear any additional accumulation from tonight’s snowfall.
If you’re not able to stay at home, here are a few 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;
- Be on the lookout for fallen tree limbs and power lines from snow/ice accumulation. NCDOT crews work with local power companies to remove the fallen limbs and downed lines as quickly as possible;
- 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 by dialing 911. But please don’t call 911 to check on road conditions. That line must be kept open for emergencies.
You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis.
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