The winter weather storm that struck North Carolina yesterday has left snow and ice throughout the eastern part of the state. N.C. Department of Transportation
maintenance crews in NCDOT's Division Four are currently responding to snow and ice in areas east of the Triangle and near the Virginia State line.Crews spread salt brine on primary routes (N.C. and U.S. routes) and interstates in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash and Wayne counties last night. The brine allowed crews to keep the roads clear during the duration of most of the storm; however, there are areas where additional precipitation has fallen and more snow and ice are on the roads. Maintenance crews are currently out clearing interstate and primary routes in Edgecombe, Halifax and Nash counties, including Interstate 95, as well as in Wilson County where snow continued to fall this morning. Motorists are advised to plan for extra time when traveling through this area. In Rocky Mount, the sun in combination with salt brine is currently melting snow and ice on roads and crews are clearing precipitation as it melts. Skeleton crews may be on standby tonight throughout the region to address road conditions if needed. NCDOT advises motorists to be careful and follow the below safety tips if driving in winter weather: Clear windows and mirrors; Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles; Approach bridges and overpasses them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary; If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car; Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop. If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement in the event of an emergency by dialing 911. Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.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.