Shelby -Overnight,N.C. Department of Transportationcrews in the Asheville area plowed and treated most secondary roads, and they'll spend today continuing to work on the region's secondary paved and gravel roads.
Sunshine and warmer temperatures will help crews continue their efforts to clear roads in Division 13, which includesBuncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. Interstates and primary roads in the division are clear, but some possible icy spots from re-freezing may occur overnight.
Parts of Asheville and the surrounding counties are expecting additional snowfall overnight and Saturday. The division has adequate supplies and manpower needed to continue clearing roads today and clear any fresh snowfall that accumulates this weekend.
Motorists should be aware of the potential for black ice to form on roads, particularly in shady spots. Even if the rest of the road appears clear and dry, black ice is still possible.
If you're not able to stay off the roads, here are a few 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;
- 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, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor follow NCDOT onTwitter. Another option isNCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety athttp://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis.