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NCDOT Crews Preparing for Heavy Snow in the Foothills

Shelby -Brining operations will continue today in the foothills region as crews pre-treat roads for the possibility of heavy snow and ice in the coming days.

Crews in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, started brining operations Sunday and had pre-treated the entire division by Monday. Because each of the division's six counties received some rain Monday, crews will again brine bare pavement routes throughout the division today. Rain can wash away the salt solution and dilute it.

While brining operations continue Tuesday, crews are monitoring supply levels and will receive deliveries of salt, as needed. Division 12 has more than 5,600 tons of salt on hand currently to combat snow and ice. NCDOT employees are also readying snow- and ice-clearing equipment so they can start clearing roads as soon as accumulation develops.

Since Monday, more than 76,000 gallons of brine have been distributed throughout Division 12.That 23 percent salt and water solution helps prevent ice from bonding to the pavement, which will be important in the coming days as another round of winter weather moves into the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entirety of Division 12 from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 p.m. Thursday.Heavy snow and sleet will make travel dangerous. Motorists are advised to avoid travel, if possible.

If you aren't able to stay off the roads, here are some safety tips:

  • 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;
  • Be on the lookout for fallen tree limbs and power lines from snow/ice accumulation. NCDOT crews work with local power companies to remove the fallen limbs and downed lines as quickly as possible;
  • 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM