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NCDOT Division 5 Crews Ready for Latest Winter Weather

Raleigh -NCDOT crews in Division 5, which includes Wake and Durham counties, are ready to deal with another round of winter weather. With the forecast calling for a mixture of rain and sleet and possibly some very light snow, crews have equipment and supplies ready to go. Because the weather came in first as rain, brining ahead of time wasn't a viable option.

The biggest traffic impact from the weather is expected to be overnight into Tuesday morning, when overnight temperatures in the high teens will turn any water and slush on the roadways into ice. The forecast indicates that in the Triangle area the temperature won't be above freezing until at least late morning, which means there could be considerable icing of the roads through the morning.

In Wake County, 50 trucks are available through the rest of today, with an overnight force of 24 trucks to work on roads overnight with salt and sand where needed. The dayside force of 50 trucks will be back at work at 4 a.m. in time for Tuesday morning rush hour, and will work through the day.

Durham County has 24 trucks ready for any road cleanup through the rest of today. A smaller number will keep tabs on roads overnight, then the bigger group returns early Tuesday morning.

The same plans are in place for the other counties in Division 5, which includes Franklin, Vance, Warren, Granville and Person. However, because snow is a possibility to the north, there may be some plowing needed along key roads as you get close to the Virginia line.

The NCDOT Bare Pavement snow/ice clearing plan remains in effect. It requires all interstate and primary roads to be cleared before crews move onto the roads that carry less traffic. That is still a considerable amount of roadway, as Wake has 1,448 lane miles of interstates and primary roads and Durham has 586 lane miles.

Because of the potentially dangerous conditions of roadways, especially late tonight and well into Tuesday morning, the NCDOT reminds drivers that if they don't have to go out, it will be safer to stay home.

NCDOT has produced several videos showing how maintenance crews use salt and sand to contend with snow and ice, and how crews determine the order in which they clear roads. 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 of ice before driving;
  • Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles in case either vehicle goes into a skid;
  • Plan for significant additional travel time to reach your destination.
  • Approach bridges and overpasses them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge or ramp 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 also trying to stop; and
  • If you have a cell 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 is for emergencies only.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM