CHARLOTTE - The N.C. Department of Transportation is continuing to monitor weather forecasts and predicted snowfall amounts in the Charlotte area. This afternoon, 63 contract trucks and 34 state trucks are staged across Mecklenburg County to treat interstates, primary and secondary routes with rock salt when necessary. The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall amounts up to two inches in Mecklenburg County, with up to four inches for parts of Union County.
Yesterday, NCDOT crews in Division 10 (Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties) worked to treat roads, bridges and overpasses with salt brine in advance of the storm. Today's operations have included outfitting plows on salt trucks, and loading trucks with materials to continue effective road treatment.
At 9 p.m., fresh crews will be ready to work overnight n Mecklenburg County, using the same number of vehicles and equipment to clear affected roadways overnight. Engineers will continue monitoring weather conditions, modifying treatment plans as needed.
Citizens needing information about road conditions are asked not to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol. Those lines must remain open for emergency calls.
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