Shelby - After Monday's snowfall throughout Asheville and the surrounding counties, roads in the region are in good shape, andN.C. Department of Transportationcrews will continue their snow and ice removal operations as more winter weather arrives.
Interstates and primary roads are clear in Division 13, which includesBuncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. Secondary roads are clear with some possibly icy patches.
The division has adequate salt supplies to handle the latest winter weather event and will continue to receive additional deliveries daily. Crews are prepared and equipment is ready to continue clearing snow and ice from roads throughout the division as needed.
The National Weather Service warns that this storm is capable of producing heavy snow and treacherous driving conditions. NCODT asks motorists to stay off the roads, if possible.
If you're not able to stay at home, 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.
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