SHELBY -N.C. Department of Transportation crews have cleared interstates and major highways affected today by winter weather, but motorists are encouraged to look out for possible slick spots as they travel the roads tonight.
As much as five inches of snow fell on portions of western North Carolina last night and this morning. NCDOT crews have worked around the clock to clear snow and ice from the roadways, but as temperatures fall tonight, there's a possibility for refreezing. Motorists should slow down and use caution when driving through the region.
Here's an update on road conditions throughout western North Carolina:
Division 11 (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties):
Interstates and U.S/N.C. routes in Division 11 are clear, except for some reported patches of ice in the division's mountain counties. Most secondary roads in the division are clear.
Division 13 (Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey counties):
Division 13's interstates and primary roads are mostly clear, except for a few icy spots. NCDOT crews continue to clear the division's secondary roads, some of which are partially covered with snow.
Division 14 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties):
Most interstates and U.S/N.C. routes in Division 14 are clear, with the exception of a few reported icy spots. Crews continue to clear secondary routes in Division 14 counties, and most of the secondary routes should be clear this evening. All roads in Cherokee and Graham counties should be clear by Saturday afternoon.
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