CHARLOTTE -Mother Nature isn't through with winter yet. Plunging temperatures and a mix of freezing rain and sleet will descend on the Charlotte area this evening and overnight, prompting a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. until noon Friday. By tomorrow morning, up to a quarter inch of ice could accumulate on tree limbs, power lines, and road surfaces.
Beginning at midnight, the N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to stage 27 contract trucks across interstates and primary routes in Mecklenburg County and four contract trucks on I-85 in Cabarrus County. Engineers will monitor conditions and temperatures, applying salt when needed through the event's duration.
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; and
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 by dialing 911. But please don't call 911 to check on road conditions. That line must be kept open for emergencies.
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 and bookmark it to save for future use.