Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation crews in the Sandhills pre-treated roads yesterday and today in advance of a winter storm that could bring several inches of snow and ice to the region.
Chatham, Moore and Randolph county crews worked into the early morning hours brining the primary routes. Crews in Moore County have addressed some slick spots on bridges and intersections this morning.
Crews in Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland counties are prepared to shift from anti-icing operations to snow and ice removal. Equipment and supplies are ready for crews to begin clearing roads as needed.
Equipment, salt and crew members are being moved throughout the Division to assist those counties that may receive greater accumulation of winter precipitation.
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.
You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis.