RALEIGH- It may only be Thanksgiving, but travel through North Carolina's mountains could be quite frosty for holiday travelers over the next few days as a winter storm moves through the state. Some ice, heavy snow and high winds are forecast tonight through Wednesday, particularly for areas along the North Carolina/Tennessee border north and west of Asheville. Snowfall of 3-7 inches is expected in these areas, which could impact travel along Interstate 40 and I-26.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has crews ready to clear the roads, but drivers should be prepared to slow down and be on the lookout for any potential icy spots.
NCDOT crews are out in Polk County today clearing trees that fell on roadways overnight. They anticipate having all roads clear by midnight tonight. Drivers should use extra caution, and be on the lookout for fallen trees and NCDOT work crews.
NCDOT encourages motorists to check conditions before you go. Motorists can access real-time information about changing road conditions across the state in a number of ways:
Call 511, the department's toll-free travel information line;
Visit NCDOT's travel webpage to see live traffic camera images and access road conditions by region, route or county;
Use NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the department's website, to know before you go about road conditions. Just type "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone's browser;
"Like" NCDOT on Facebook; and
Follow one of NCDOT's many Twitter feeds.
NCDOT also has produced several videos explaining how maintenance crews gear up for winter weather months in advance, how they determine when to use salt and sand, and how they decide which roads to clear first. These videos and many others are available on the NCDOT YouTube page.