interstates and primary routes mostly clear throughout the state's western
mountains region, N.C. Department of
Transportation crews are now clearing the area's secondary roads.
Crews in NCDOT's Division
14, which includesCherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson,
Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, are clearing secondary roads in
the division today. Work on secondary non-paved roads is expected to begin
Interstate and primary
routes are now mostly clear, with icy spots possible on some of the
division's primary roads. Since snow and ice removal efforts started Monday,
Division 14 crews have used more than 3,300 tons of salt.
Sunshine and above-freezing
temperatures today will help Division 14 continue its de-icing operations
throughout the region. As ice and snow melt, however, motorists are
encouraged to be on the alert for black ice, which forms when water on the
Here are some more tips to
help keep motorists safe when traveling through areas with the potential for
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
Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to
Be on the lookout for NCDOT vehicles and increase
your following distance behind those vehicles to give them ample travel room.
For real-time travel
information at any time, call 511, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor
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
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. It is available for free in the
AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.
Travelers are asked NOT to
call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must
remain clear for emergency calls.