Shelby -There's a possibility for snow and freezing rain to move into western North Carolina today, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are prepared for whatever inclement weather comes their way.
Although little-to-no accumulation is expected from the weather event moving into Asheville and the surrounding counties, crews in NCDOT's Division 13 have adequate manpower and supplies to keep roads clear should the forecast change. Division 13 includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties.
Division 13 primary roads are clear, and almost all of the division's secondary roads are clear. Crews continue to spread salt and sand on any remaining secondary roads that need to be treated.
This weekend, there were de-icing operations in parts of Division 13, particularly in counties along the Tennessee border. Some counties in that region saw additional snow this morning.
The National Weather Service is forecasting colder-than-normal temperatures for much of Division 13 beginning Tuesday, which means it's possible for icy patches to form along the road. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution when traveling through the region.
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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