Shelby -With another round of wintry precipitation moving toward the Asheville area, NCDOT crews are taking proactive measures to pre-treat roads in advance of the coming storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. tonight for the entirety of NCDOT's Division 13, which includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. With possible sleet, snow and ice in the forecast, Division 13 crews will work this afternoon to brine the division's interstates and heavily used primary routes.
As temperatures continue to fall overnight, it's possible for patches of black ice to develop. NCDOT crews in Division 13 will be monitoring road conditions for slick spots and will treat those spots with salt and sand, as needed.
NCDOT has developedthis videoregarding black ice and 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;
- 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 in the event of an emergency by dialing 911; and
- 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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