- The N.C. Department of Transportation
is closely monitoring the weather forecast and stands ready to respond should an approaching winter storm system create hazardous road conditions in and around the Triad. Though significant snow accumulation is forecast to occur primarily south and east of the Triad, local maintenance crews are prepared to respond as necessary if the track of the storm shifts westward.NCDOT crews in Orange County are treating interstate routes today with salt brine, which is a solution of water and salt that helps prevent snow or ice from sticking to roadways in the initial hours of a storm. In Division Nine, which includes Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews are applying brine to interstates and primary routes. By putting down the brine today, the salt will have more time to adhere to the pavement before any precipitation begins, providing better protection from snow and ice. Engineers will continue to monitor the forecast and modify treatment plans and schedules as needed. Motorists should be aware of the potential for snow and ice on roadways and especially on bridges and overpasses, which freeze first. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution and remember these safety tips:
NCDOT has produced several videos explaining how maintenance crews gear up for winter weather months in advance, how they determine when to 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. 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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.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.Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.
- Slow down;
- Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
- Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
- Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding; and
- Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.