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NCDOT's Snow Removal Efforts Continue in Western Mountains Region

Shelby -Snow continued to fall in the state's western mountains region this morning, but N.C. Department of Transportation crews will keep working around the clock to remove the snow and ice accumulation.

Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania countiesreceived 2-12 inches of snow, with a division-wide average of 7 inches.Crews worked overnight and hope to have most primary roads in the division clear by this evening. Most secondary paved and gravel routes in the division should be cleared by Friday evening, with remaining secondary routes cleared Saturday.

Additional snowfall across the division this morning means crews will have to to clear some interstate and primary routes again.Since the storm started, the division used nearly 2,000 tons of salt to help clear snow and ice from roads. The division has nearly 7,000 tons of salt remaining to continue de-icing efforts.

As of Thursday morning, fewer than 40 trees were reported down throughout the division. With additional snow and ice accumulation expected, be on the lookout for downed trees and power lines. NCDOT works with local power companies to clear those hazards as soon as possible.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads and avoid travel, except in emergency situations.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor follow NCDOT onTwitter. Another option isNCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.

You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety athttp://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM