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NCDOT Crews in Asheville Area Responding to Winter Weather

Shelby -N.C. Department of Transportation crews in Asheville and the surrounding counties have begun snow and ice removal operations as the latest round of winter weather moves through the region.

Crews started brining operations this morning in Division 13, which includes includesBuncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. NCDOT crews, however, moved to snow and ice removal operations around noon when snow started falling in some division counties.

Division 13 crews will be working through the night to clear any additional snow/ice accumulation that develops.The division is equipped with the materials, manpower and equipment needed for this round of winter weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of Division 13 from Tuesday morning until Thursday morning. Based on current forecasts, the division is expecting 4-8 inches of snow.

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;
  • Be on the lookout for tree limbs and power lines that have fallen from snow/ice accumulation. NCDOT works with power companies in the area to clear those 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, 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. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

***NCDOT***

2/15/2018 5:24 PM