Roads in North Carolina’s western mountains region are in good shape today after snow fell Monday, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are prepared for additional snow and ice accumulation in the next few days.
Interstates and primary roads are clear with some possibly icy spots in Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties. Crews worked today to clear any secondary roads still covered in snow.
The division has seen scattered snow and rain today, with heavier snow and additional accumulation expected tonight and Wednesday. Division 14 crews are monitoring supplies and equipment, and are prepared to continue their snow and ice removal efforts as snowfall increases. The division has more than 9,400 tons of salt on hand and will receive additional deliveries as needed.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Division 14 until Thursday. Significant accumulation is expected to develop throughout the region, and hazardous driving conditions could develop. Motorists are asked to avoid travel, if possible.
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.
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 and bookmark it to save for future use.
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