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NCDOT Crews Prepared for Storm Moving into NC Mountains

SHELBY --The latest round of winter weather is moving into western North Carolina, and crews in N.C. Department of Transportation's Division 14 are prepared to keep roads clear as any ice or snow accumulates in the region.

Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, chose not to pre-treat roads with brine, since the precipitation moving through the area was expected to begin as rain. There's also residual salt on the roads from recent NCDOT treatment, and that salt will help treat roads for the current weather event.

As the storm system moves through the area, Division 14 crews will determine when and how many crews to bring in overnight to begin clearing roads. Crews will remain on standby to treat roads with salt and sand, as needed.

Any equipment needed to clear roads, including snow plows and spreaders, is prepped and ready to go.

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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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