CHARLOTTE - Now that skies have cleared and snowy weather has passed through, N.C. Department of Transportation crews have turned attention to removing accumulated snow and ice from interstates, primary and secondary routes in a five county region surrounding Charlotte. Division 10 includes Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties. Since Monday, the department has utilized 177 employees, 175 pieces of equipment, and more than 2,000 tons of salt to pretreat roads and remove ice or snow.
Interstates in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties today are passable with some patches of snow or ice. Primary routes in Union, Stanly and Anson counties are also clear with spotty areas of snow. Crews today are concentrating efforts on treating and clearing secondary roads before leftover precipitation freezes overnight. The National Weather Service has advised that black ice will be a concern Thursday morning.
NCDOT has produced several videos showing how maintenance crews use salt and sand, and how they decide which roads to clear first. These videos and many others are available on the NCDOT YouTube page.
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 them 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 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.