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NCDOT Crews Brining in Advance of Possible Wintry Mix in Foothills

Shelby -Another round of sleet, snow and ice could move into parts of the foothills region tonight, andN.C. Department of Transportationcrews have taken action to pre-treat roads in advance of the storm.

Today, NCDOT crews are brining roads in Alexander, Catawba and Iredell counties, where a mix of wintry precipitation is expected to begin after 6 p.m. The winter weather advisory for those counties remains in effect until noon Friday.

There will be no brining operations today in the southern part of Division 12 (Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties), because the precipitation in those counties is expected to begin as rain. Any water on the roads will dilute the brine solution and could wash it away, making the brine ineffective.

The National Weather Service says this storm is capable of producing ice, sleet and snow in Division 12's northern counties, which could create hazardous driving conditions.As temperatures continue to fall overnight, it's possible for patches of black ice to develop. NCDOT crews in Division 12 will be monitoring road conditions for slick spots and will treat those spots with salt and sand, as needed.

NCDOT has developedthis videoregarding black ice and offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Clear windows and mirrors;
  • Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
  • Approach bridges and overpasses 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; and
  • 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, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor follow NCDOT on Twitter atwww.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 and bookmark it to save for future use.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM