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NCDOT Crews Continue Snow Removal in the Foothills

Shelby -Another band of snow made its way through the foothills this morning, and nowN.C. Department of Transportationcrews are making progress clearing that snowfall, in addition to the accumulation from Wednesday.

Crews worked last night and early this morning to clear interstates and and primary routes throughout Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. The northern end of the division received about 7 inches of snow, while the southern end received slightly less.

Crews will continue to work overnight until roads are clear of snow and ice.Below-freezing temperatures, however, mean it's possible for icy patches to form on the road. Motorists are still strongly encouraged to avoid travel, if possible.

Although minimal issues with debris have been reported across Division 12, crews are prepared to respond to any debris-removal needs.They've prepared equipment, such as chain saws, and are lining up contractors to assist with clearing downed trees from the roadways.

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.You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety athttp://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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