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Local NCDOT Crews Prepared to Respond to Winter Weather in Triad

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation crews in the Triad are closely monitoring weather conditions and stand ready to respond should an approaching system create hazardous road conditions overnight and into Thursday morning.The weather event is predicted to start this evening as rain before turning to light snow flurries. Because it would be washed away, NCDOT will not pretreat roads with salt brine, which is a solution of water and salt that helps prevent snow or ice from sticking to roadways in the initial hours of a storm. Although little to no accumulation is expected, temperatures will fall into the upper 20s to lower 30s by daybreak and patchy black ice may still develop, particularly on bridges and overpasses. Salt trucks throughout the Triad have been loaded and fueled, and local crews will report overnight to assess road conditions and spread salt as needed. NCDOT encourages motorists to be aware of the potential for black ice on roadways and especially on bridges and overpasses, and to use extreme caution overnight and during the Thursday morning commute.Remember these safety tips:
  • Slow down;
  • Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
  • Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
  • Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding; and
  • Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.
NCDOT 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. Watch this video for a more detailed explanation of how NCDOT preps for winter weather statewide.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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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