Shelby -Snow removal efforts continue in theN.C. Department of Transportation's Division 11 today, with crews now focusing on clearing any remaining accumulation on secondary roads.
Interstates and primary routes are mostly clear in Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Crews started clearing Division 11 secondary routes on Wednesday and will continue working on those routes today.
Melting ice and snow mean there's a potential for water on the roadway, which could freeze and form black ice. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather advisory for northwestern North Carolina reminding motorists to be on the alert for black ice today and tonight.
Since de-icing operations started Monday, Division 11 crews have treated roads with more than 4,800 tons of salt. As crews continue to clear roads today, motorists are asked to be on the lookout for NCDOT vehicles and increase the following distance between NCDOT crews and themselves.
Here are some more tips to help keep motorists safe when traveling through areas with the potential for black ice:
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.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor 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.
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. 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.