Shelby -The N.C. Department of Transportation's snow and ice removal efforts continue in the western mountains region, and crews will begin brining efforts to prepare for more inclement weather. Some of the region's crews will travel to the coast today in an effort to help with snow removal in the eastern part of the state.
The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 3 inches of snow accumulation for NCDOT's Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania and Polk counties. Most of the division has reported snowfall this morning, and a winter weather advisory remains in effect for the region until midnight tonight.
Division 14 crews decided Tuesday morning to apply brine to Interstate 26 in Henderson and Polk counties. Crews could also decide to apply brine to other primary routes in Henderson and Polk counties, since there is currently no existing salt residue on those roads.
Primary roads throughout the division are being treated with salt as needed. Crews are continuing snow clearing operations on higher-elevation roads in several Division 14 counties. Motorists should slow down, stay alert and be on the lookout for possible icy patches.
Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.
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