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NCDOT Crews Continue Clearing Roads in Western NC

Shelby -Several inches of snow fell Tuesday in Asheville and the surrounding counties, andN.C. Department of Transportationcrews are diligently working to clear roads for motorists traveling through the region.

Most counties in Division 13, which includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties, received 2-5 inches of snow. Counties along the Tennessee border received around 6 inches of snow.

NCDOT crews willwork on secondary roads this afternoon afterclearing interstates and primary routes this morning. Roads are also being treated with salt and sand. Temperatures aren't expected to climb above freezing in the Asheville area today, so motorists are encouraged to look out for possible icy patches on the roads.

About 5 percent of the division's resources traveled to eastern North Carolina on Tuesday to assist with snow and ice removal efforts. Nearly 150 trucks and 248 employees remain in Division 13 to continue clearing snow and ice. There are currently no plans to send additional resources, and the division's crews are expected to return by Friday.

NCDOT reminds motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, NCDOT 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, 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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