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NCDOT CREWS BATTLING LATEST MASSIVE WINTER STORM

RALEIGH -From Manteo to Murphy, N.C. Department of Transportation crews arebattling this historic storm that has already dumpedsignificant amounts of snow, ice and/or a wintry mix statewide. And more is expected.Earlier Wednesday, in the southwest portion of the state, crews startingclearing the heavy snow earlier that started to fall Tuesday evening. Early reports indicate the roads therewere in good shape, thanks to the brining that took place over the last two to three days coupled with the current plowing efforts.Currently, all across the state,NCDOT crewsplan to plow and sand 24-hours-a-day until the roads arepassable and safe for motorists.The major concern to motorists continues to bewhen the transition takes place from snow to ice or a wintry mix. In manyregions, that is currently taking place. According to the National Weather Service, that will affect the state at staggered times, depending on the region.With ice predicted to be a major hazard with this storm, NCDOT officials also warn citizens of the dangers of fallen power lines and trees. They ask residents to call 9-1-1 to report the downed lines and the NCDOT will take care of the fallen trees or limbs.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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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